BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Feb. 16, 2019 - WCHA Vice-President and Women's Commissioner Katie Million has announced her resignation from the Association to join USA Hockey as the National Governing Body's Director of Women's National Team Programs.
Million will remain with the WCHA through the conclusion of the 2019 postseason and will begin her duties with USA Hockey on May 1.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the WCHA and feel we have made some great strides in my three seasons," Million said. "It has been a wonderful experience being a role model for the amazing student-athletes in the league. I thank and commend the WCHA for this opportunity and their strong commitment and support to grow the game of hockey.
"This was a very difficult decision to make due to my passion for the WCHA, the member institutions and student-athletes. The opportunity to more widely impact the sport of women's hockey and showcase the character, talents, and leadership of our U.S. Women's National Teams was a rare chance I could not pass up. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the WCHA and across the country in this new role."
Million's tenure has seen a renewed emphasis on the student-athlete experience, alumni outreach, new platforms for exposure and outside-the-box fundraising efforts on behalf of the League and its institutions.
Under her guidance, the WCHA delivered its first-ever extended women's hockey television package via a partnership with FOX Sports North and FOX Sports Wisconsin, partnered with the Beaver Radio Network for the "This Week in the Women's WCHA" radio show and St. Cloud State's Husky Productions team for the "WCHA Highlight Reel."
"On behalf of the entire WCHA, we want to congratulate Katie Million on her new senior-level role with USA Hockey," said WCHA President and Men's Commissioner Bill Robertson. "It was an honor to work closely with her on a daily basis as she has done so much to champion the women's college game. I am confident Katie will do a great job of advancing the women's game at so many levels. She had done tremendous work with the Women's League of the WCHA and will be missed by all of our institutions."
During Million's tenure, the WCHA Women's League increased its digital impressions by more than 160 percent and secured several new league sponsors. The WCHA become the first NCAA Division I women's conference to engage in a crowdfunding initiative - all while maintaining an envied level of on-ice competitive success.
"We appreciate all of Katie's work on behalf of the WCHA," said Dr. Perry Leo, the WCHA Women's League Board Chairman. "While we're sorry to see her go, we wish her the best as she continues her work to highlight women's hockey through USA Hockey."
The WCHA will begin a national search for Million's replacement in the coming weeks.