According to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports on Monday, women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller of Melfort, Saskatchewan has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Miller, who coached team Canada to a silver medal in women’s hockey at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, was fired by the school in 2014 as their women’s hockey head coach.
Miller is suing the University of Minnesota-Duluth for several reasons. Miller claims she was fired by the school because of her sexual orientation (Miller is a lesbian), her gender (Miller is a woman), her age (Miller is 51), her national origin (Miller is Canadian) and the fact that she has been a strong advocate for gender equality in the University of Minnesota-Duluth athletic department.
Despite struggling in her last few years as the head coach of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Miller won five NCAA championships while with the Bulldogs. The championship titles came in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2010. By 2010, Miller was so popular in Duluth, that March 22 became Shannon Miller Day.
Miller was not the only women’s head coach to file a lawsuit against the school. Miller was joined by former Bulldogs’ women’s softball coach Jen Banford and women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles, who were also fired. The University of Minnesota-Duluth meanwhile has publicly stated that finances was the main reason Miller was fired.