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Nate Leaman hires Steve Miller as assistant coach at Providence

Nate Leaman has a new assistant coach in former DU assistant Steve Miller.

Nate Leaman has hired Steve Miller to be his assistant coach.
Nate Leaman has hired Steve Miller to be his assistant coach.
Matt Dewkett

The reason former Denver assistant Steve Miller abruptly left his position with the Madison Capitals of the USHL might now be clear. According to a Providence source, Nate Leaman has pegged Miller as his new assistant, replacing the departed Jamie Russell.

Miller began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Division III St. Mary's, before moving on to Miami for four seasons. He followed former DU head coach George Gwozdecky to the Mile High City. Miller stayed with the Pioneers program from 1994-2014.

He was named the new head coach of the Capitals, an expansion franchise in the USHL, this past winter, but stepped down last month.

Nate Leaman is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Friars program after coming over from Union. The SUNY-Cortland alum is arguably the top young head coach in the college game today. His teams at Providence have improved each season, making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade this past March.

Providence returns junior-to-be goaltender Jon Gillies, one of the promising young goaltending prospects in North America, who is property of the Calgary Flames organization, along with a bevy of other young talent.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.