NCHC Foe Faces Suit

Three former coaches at hockey foe, University Minnesota Duluth (UMD), have scheduled a press conference in Minneapolis to announce their intentions to sue the university in federal court. Shannon Miller was the head women's hockey coach and won 5 NCAA titles in 16 years and was fired in 2015. Jen Banford, who was the head women’s softball coach, was informed at the same time as the rest of Miller’s hockey staff that she would not be brought back. She later rejected a one-year contract offer from UMD to remain as softball coach after leading the Bulldogs to four NCAA tournament berths and a conference title in her 10 seasons. Annette Wiles announced her resignation on June 1 as head women’s basketball coach after seven seasons with the Bulldogs.

Lynne Williams, UMD’s director of marketing and public relations, responded via email.
“We are aware that there is a press conference on Monday and are not in a position to comment about what the individuals or their lawyers will discuss there,” she said. “We have fully cooperated with an internal review of the complaints raised, and dispute the broad claims of discrimination.”

Doubtful that this will impact men's hockey operations but certainly a distraction for both the university and the athletic department.

Source: Duluth News & Tribune

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