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Athletics & Wellness Support Staff

Samantha Little 
Director of Athletics & Wellness

Tami Tabone
Administrative Assistant
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Brittney Snyder
Senior Typist
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Jane Bryant
Equipment Manager

Ainsley Lovejoy
Athletic Trainer
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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.


Brittney Snyder - Senior Typist

Brittney Snyder is a Senior Typist in the Athletics Department at Ithaca High School.  She is a graduate of Ithaca High School (2004) and has a degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She brings with her extensive experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as the Events Manager at The Inns of Aurora.

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Furaha Shululu - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Furaha Shululu is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Ithaca High School.  His passion for assisting athletes reach their physical potential began in 2007 when he assisted in building a strength and conditioning program for both Thomas Edison (Elmira) and Notre Dame (Elmira) high school's varsity football teams.  His interest continued to grow as he pursued the subculture of strength and conditioning and sport specific training. Furaha volunteered his time training the Men’s Cornell Tennis team in 2014 and 2015 and landed his current position as their head strength coach and Women’s Cornell tennis agility coach. In 2015 Furaha implemented a strength and conditioning after school program called “Team Jack Mac Kid Fit” for middle school students at Boynton and Dewitt and has continued to grow as “Common Kid Fit Strength.”  This program was designed to expose the youth to anatomy, bio-mechanics, goal setting, program design, and proper use of equipment and body awareness in a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental environment. The Common Kid Fit Strength program was designed by Furaha with hopes to educate and assist athletes and the general student body transition into Ithaca High School’s Strength and Conditioning program under a consistent philosophy.  

Furaha is a certified ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CPT, Certified Functional Trainer Specialist, Certified Sports Specific Coach, and CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified, as well as finishing his Exercise Science degree.


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Harbir Benipal - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Harbir Benipal is a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Ithaca High School who specializes in offseason programming, Olympic lifts, and combine prep coaching for both high school and collegiate athletes.  He is a 2013 graduate of Ithaca High School where he was elected captain of the football team two years in a row and was also voted into the Ernie Davis All-Star game. Harbir has been a part of the Strength & Conditioning staff since 2015, overseeing offseason programs for multiple teams, as well as being part of the Lil’ Red football coaching staff for two seasons. 

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