Nancy Sibley resigns as Air Academy girls' soccer coach; Ty Hennes named hockey coach

June 10, 2014 Updated: June 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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The Air Academy soccer team hoists the state championship trophy over their head as head coach Nancy Sibley (left) joins in the celebration. The last time that Air Academy won the state championship in girls soccer in 1993, Sibley was on the team. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Nancy Sibley has resigned as girls' soccer coach at Air Academy High School. Sibley directed the Kadets to the 2012 4A state title. She also played for Air Academy's 1993 team.

Sibley said she wants to devote more time to her children.

"It breaks my heart to leave something I love," Sibley said. "But it was time. It was time to make this choice."

Sibley had served on the Kadets' coaching staff for the 16 seasons, including the past 11 as head coach. Air Academy finished 8-7-1 this season.

"It was a labor of love for me," she said. "It's bittersweet to leave. For me, the big thing wasn't ever about the winning. It was about the relationships I created. That's the most important thing to me."

Sibley is a Colorado Springs native. She teaches first grade at Explorer Elementary.

Meanwhile, Ty Hennes was recently named Air Academy's ice hockey coach. Hennes returns to Air Academy after serving as interim assistant coach last season.

Hennes has a storied career as a player, coach and skill developer. He played for Boston College, including the 2001 national championship team, and in the Detroit Red Wings minor league organization. He coached in the Alliance Hockey Association in Dallas and at a Dallas high school.

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