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Longtime Air Academy hockey coach fired

Published: January 9, 2014, 6:40 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

After nearly 15 seasons with the Air Academy hockey program, coach Dave Meisinger has been fired.

Meisinger emailed The Gazette on Thursday with the news.

In seven-plus seasons as the Kadets head coach, Meisinger guided Air Academy to two state semifinals, while reaching the quarterfinals last season.

Meisinger’s last game behind the bench was a 4-2 win over Libery on Monday, improving the Kadets’ record to 3-3.

Following a 6-6 tie Wednesday against Palmer, Air Academy is tied for fourth in the Peak Conference with five points. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. 

Academy School District 20 public information officer Nanette Anderson confirmed that Meisinger was no longer the Kadets coach but that he was remaining at the school as a teacher. Anderson and athletic director Diane Shuck declined comment on why Meisinger was released.

Anderson told The Gazette via email that assistant coach Rich Hansen would take over as interim coach the remainder of the season.

The Kadets debuted at No. 3 in the Pikes Peak region rankings this week before their win over Liberty.

An interim coach was expected to be named later Thursday night. The Kadets play conference leader Lewis-Palmer in a nonleague game Friday at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument.

In his first eight seasons with the Kadets hockey program, Meisinger won two state titles as an assistant coach under Wayne Marshall, the first in 2000, the second in 2005. The Kadets finished in the top four in the conference in three of the last four seasons, posting a 44-26-6 regular-season record in that span, including finishing in a four-way tie for first in 2009-10.

Meisinger told The Gazette he would confer with a lawyer before opening up about the firing.


Recent record

A look at Dave Meisinger’s recent record as Air Academy hockey coach.

Yr                         Rec                     Playoffs

2013-14            3-3-0

2012-13           14-4-1          Lost in state quarterfinals

2011-12            7-11-1             Missed playoffs

2010-11          12-6-1             Lost in 1st round

2009-10         11-5-3           Lost in quarterfinals