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Ainsley Lovejoy - Athletic Trainer

Ainsley is the Head Athletic Trainer for Ithaca High School. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since May 2017. Ainsley graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nutritional Science in 2014, while also playing Volleyball for the Big Red from 2010-2013. After graduating Cornell, she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Kinesiology in 2017. She is currently a graduate student at Ithaca College and will receive her Master's of Science in Exercise & Sport Science with a concentration in Human Performance in December 2018. Ainsley's athletic training experience includes working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Ithaca College's Indoor Track & Field team from 2017-2018, and working as a Per Diem Athletic Trainer for Cayuga Medical from 2017-2018.


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Tami Tabone - Administrative Assistant 

Tami Tabone, Administrative Assistant for the Director of Health and Wellness, brings to the Athletic Office 31 years of experience in the Ithaca City School District. Her history with ICSD includes the offices of Accounts Payable, Business Office, Special Education, and now Athletics. Please feel free to contact her any time you need assistance in the Athletic Department. Her number is 607-274-2155.
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Jane Bryant - Equipment/Facility Manager

Jane has been teaching and coaching in the Ithaca City School District for 29 years. She also taught and coached at Cornell University before accepting a full time teaching position in Ithaca.
Jane is a graduate of Ithaca High School, class of '73, where she lettered in three sports and is a member of the Ithaca High School Athletics Hall of Fame. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College, and a Master's Degree with a Teaching Concentration from Ithaca College.
Jane and her husband, Bill, have 7 children and 10 grandchildren.

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Kelly Gordon - Varsity Football Head Coach/ICSD Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kelly Gordon has been the Strength and Conditioning coach at ICSD since 2013. During that time he has worked with teams of all levels, individual athletes, and staff. Coach Gordon has a passion for all things involving athletics/fitness, and helping people reach their goals and potential. In high school, he played football, baseball, hockey, and indoor track. He played football at Ithaca College where he was an All-American, and also played baseball.
When not in the gym, Kelly enjoys playing gold, fast-pitch softball, and hiking to stay active.

Kelly has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University, a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College, and his certifications include: USAW Level 1, BFS Certified Strength and Coniditioning Coach, Training Room KettleBell Certified Instructor, BFS Weight Room Safety Certification, Certified NYS Physical Education Teacher and Coach, CPR/AED/First Aid Certification.

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Sarah Hoffman - Wellness Center Staff

Sarah Hoffmann has been working in the Ithaca City School District since 2009. She teaches first grade at South Hill Elementary School. Health and wellness are important aspects of Sarah's life. She is passionate about sharing the why and how around mindfulness with her students. Sarah is certified in group fitness, Spinning, and TRX, and teaches cycling and bootcamp classes. She has a Bachelor's Degree from UVM in Elementary Educatopm. amd a Master's Degree from SUNY Cortland in Special Education, K-12. She is currently training a therapy dog named Denver. She will be working in the weight room and providing wellness opportunities for staff and students.


Chad Rylott - Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach and Weight Room Staff

Coach Rylott is currently a member of USA Weightlifting with a S&C certification as a Sports Performance Coach from USAW. He has been with the football program at ICSD for five years, and has also coached Softball at the Junior Varsity level here at IHS, and and youth Baseball in our summer league. Coach Rylott has a tremendous passion for athletics, as well as an immense desire to be a positive role model for our youth in this community.

Lloyd Worth - Weight Room Support Staff

Mike Armitage-Blakely - Professional Development for Coaches

Mike has a background in aquatics and recreation.  He has coached a variety of sports but his passion is in Swimming and Diving. He has been coaching swimmers of all levels since he started coaching elementary students while on his high school team.  When his swimming career concluded, Mike was an assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swim teams at his alma mater, Ithaca College. During his time there, he developed an interest in enhancing and developing mental skills in his athletes.  He realized that these skills would help the whole person and not just the athlete and that the mental skills his athletes needed to be prepared for both practice and competitions were fairly underdeveloped. His development as a coach landed him at Ithaca High School, where he continues to develop the whole person and along the way he has had the privilege to coach 16 Swimming All-Americans,  over 25 Academic All-Americans, multiple individual and relay state champions and one team State Runner-up. His coaching interests revolve around developing proficiency in his athletes with peak performance, goal-setting, visualization, strategy, developing resiliency. He is also interested in mentoring coaches with regard to the ever changing landscape of working with the modern athlete and their families.   He and his wife, Robin, live in Ithaca with their three children.

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Lloyd Worthy - 

Lloyd Worthy has been a paraprofessional for the Ithaca City School District for 5 years.He's worked heavily with the athletics department and also strength and conditioning. Working with kids is his passion.

Belle Sherman
Beverly J Martin
Cayuga Heights
Fall Creek
South Hill
Boynton Middle
DeWitt Middle
Ithaca HS
Lehman Alternative


Ithaca City School District
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
400 Lake Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-2101