Thayer Academy announces that Brandy Fisher-Bailey has been named the new girls varsity hockey head coach.
She will succeed Middle School English Faculty Brian Cibelli, who is stepping down for family reasons after seven successful years at the helm. Cibelli will play a new role, though, as head coach of the Academy’s first girls hockey team at the Middle School level.
“I am excited to welcome Brandy Fisher-Bailey as our new head coach,” said Athletics Director Rick Foresteire. “She was an assistant with the program two years ago, and she is eager to take over and continue to build the program.”
A former All-American and proud inaugural recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Award, Fisher-Bailey played hockey for the Governor’s Academy during her high school years and for the University of New Hampshire as a collegian. She is a member of the athletics hall of fame at both schools. As a captain at UNH, she played a key role in that squad’s national championship team. She played for Team USA for four years. Very active within the club hockey world, Fisher-Bailey currently lives on the South Shore with her wife and two children.
Foresteire praised Cibelli for his work building the girls varsity program, which now plays its home games at the Valicenti Ice Rink at Thayer Sports Center. The athletics director noted that during Cibelli’s tenure, the girls varsity team improved from three wins in his first year to a program record 17 in his third year. The team has also qualified to participate in the New England Tournament three of the last four years.
“Coach Cibelli has been an outstanding coach at Thayer over the past seven years,” said Foresteire. “I cannot thank him enough for all his efforts and accomplishments.”
Thayer Academy is a proud member of the Independent School League (ISL).