Aquinas College Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics Nick Davidson has announced former Princeton coach and USA Hockey Gold Medalist Lisa Brown-Miller as the second-ever head coach of the Saints’ women’s hockey program. Brown-Miller comes to Aquinas with tremendous experience at the highest levels of hockey, both as a player and coach.
Coach Brown-Miller attended NCAA DI Providence College in Rhode Island, competing for four years as a member of the Friars’ women’s hockey program. She earned All-Eastern College Athletic Conference accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named the ECAC Player of the Year and American Women’s Hockey Coaches’ Association Player of the Year following her senior campaign. She finished her career with 154 career points on 92 goals and 62 assists.
Brown-Miller served as head coach of the Princeton University women’s hockey team from 1991–96, compiling a 60-46-5 overall record. The Tigers won the Ivy League Championship in her first season in 1991-92, and she was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The Tigers won an Ivy League Co-Championship in 94-95, as well. Brown-Miller resigned in 1996 to train full time with the US Women’s National Team.
Coach Brown-Miller was a member of the United States National Team since its inception, appearing in 30 games, scoring 13 goals and adding 25 assists. She competed in four IIHF World Championships (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997), and won a Gold Medal with the US team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. She scored once while adding two assists in Olympic play. A 10-year member of the team, she was the squad’s Assistant Captain from 1992-1997 and the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1992. Brown-Miller and her teammates on the 1998 Women’s Olympic Team are members of the USA Hockey Hall of Fame.
“Lisa brings with her tremendous experience at Princeton University and as an Olympic Gold Medalist,” said Davidson. “She has a sense for competitiveness and we are excited to have her drive and enthusiasm in the athletic department as she leads the women’s hockey program to new levels.”
With her playing career completed, Brown-Miller stayed active and involved with the game. She served as a Color Analyst for NBC during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, and has spent time as a motivational speaker. She is a USA Hockey Level 4 Coach and served as a volunteer Assistant Hockey Coach for the U19 girls team at Patterson Ice Arena in Grand Rapids from 2011-2013. She has also been a volunteer youth hockey coach for the Griffins Youth Foundation, coaching from 2014-2018.
Said Coach Brown-Miller, “I am excited to lead the women’s ice hockey team at Aquinas College. Propelling these players and this program forward is an opportunity and challenge I enthusiastically look forward to. I am eager to share my love and understanding of the game with these talented student athletes and intend to build a team culture that exudes passion, integrity, positivity, and greatness.”