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Former Ithaca College linebacker Isaac Hadac has built a training brand through his growing social media presence. Hadac founded The 5 Star Football Package, an instructional training  package that he promotes to his over 250,000 followers on TikTok.

From player to mentor: Issac Hadac’s journey in football training and social media

By Daniel King, Senior Writer February 22, 2024
Former Ithaca College linebacker Isaac Hadac finds himself still involved in the football world even after his playing days. These days, he finds himself training football players, striving to make them the best they can become.
Mike Blakely-Armitage 00, the head mens and womens swimming and diving coach, has put a stronger emphasis on team culture outside of the pool this season. Blakely-Armitage replaced long-time head coach Kevin Markwardt after 36 seasons.

Ithaca College swimming and diving highlights team culture with new coaching staff

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer February 21, 2024
The Ithaca College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have recently moved on from two longtime coaches. This season, with new voices in leadership, the Bombers have continued to have success in the pool while also placing an emphasis on success outside the pool.
Maotemsu Inchen 27 jumps to spike a volleyball at the BomberTHON Valentines Day Volleyball Tournament on Feb. 14. All funds from the tournament went to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York.

Serving hope: BomberTHON’s Valentine’s Volleyball Tournament raises funds for children’s hospital

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor February 17, 2024
With their big dance marathon coming up in less than a month on March 3, the Ithaca College organization BomberTHON hosted a Valentine’s Day volleyball tournament to raise money for children getting treatment at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, New York.
Ithaca College athletics announced on Feb. 8 that head strength and conditioning coach Vic Brown had resigned. Brown started in 2014 and spent 10 years with the schools athletic department.

Head strength and conditioning coach resigns

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor February 8, 2024
Ithaca College athletics announced on Feb. 6 that long-time strength and conditioning coach Vic Brown has resigned. 
Ithaca College track and field and cross country hold annual alumni events multiple times per year. The upcoming Boston University Valentine Invitational on Feb. 9 will mark another event that will bring alumni and current athletes together.

Alumni outreach keeps track and field running

By Julia Wallace, Staff Writer February 8, 2024
Ithaca College prides itself on alumni relations years after a student graduates. The college hosts annual alumni weekends, invites alumni to speak to students about their field and successes, and provides a safe space where they are always welcome regardless of how long it has been since they have been students. Following in this spirit, the men’s and women’s track and field teams have gone to impressive lengths to harbor a strong tie between their current and previous athletes. 
Junior diver Kailee Payne transferred from Division l Marshall University to Ithaca College for her junior season. Payne held the 1-meter dive record at Marshall University and was named Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year.

Record breaking diver reconnects with sport through community

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor February 7, 2024
This season junior diver Kailee Payne has been dominating on the diving board, breaking the pool record at the Henry Kumpf Invitational on Jan. 20 with a score of 306.55 points in the 1-meter dive. 
From left, former Harvard offensive lineman Alec Bank stands in the tunnel with his Ivy League teammates prior to the Dream Japan Bowl on Jan. 21. The Ivy League All-Stars rostered four former Cornell University players in the 52 man roster.

Ivy League football players culminate conference careers in Dream Japan Bowl

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor February 7, 2024
A cultural experience and a culmination of collegiate football careers occurred in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 21, 6,752 miles away from Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca. This was not an average Ivy League football game — this was the Dream Japan Bowl.
The Ithaca College football program announced Jan. 26 that Brandon Maguire would be taking over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Maguire had previous stints in the USFL and at six different universities.

Football names new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor February 1, 2024
The Ithaca College football program announced Jan. 26 that Brandon Maguire would be taking over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 
Fabian was selected to receive the NYSATA memorial scholarship, a $2,000 stipend awarded by the New York State Athletic Trainer’s Association. The scholarship is gifted to an athletic training student annually for excellence in the field.

Baseball player earns award for academic efforts

By Tess Ferguson, Senior Writer February 1, 2024
Outside of its athletic caliber — earning back-to-back Liberty League titles in the past two seasons — the Ithaca College baseball team’s talents range far beyond the diamond. 
The Ithaca College womens basketball team has had 13 or more steals in five of their last seven games and in that time have compiled a 6-1 record behind fast and gritty defense.

Defense defines driven women’s basketball squad

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer January 25, 2024
The Ithaca College women’s basketball team is now holding a record of 13–3 and have been dominating Liberty League play. Through that run, the Bombers’ staunch defensive effort has been on full display. 
From left to right, first-year forward Alex Penders, sophomore guard Cole Wissink, first-year guard Evan Cabral and sophomore forward Gavin Schauder. All four underclassmen have recorded substantial minutes for the team in the winter season.

Young blood forms the backbone of rejuvenated men’s basketball

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor January 25, 2024
Last season, the Ithaca College men’s basketball team heavily relied on their upperclassmen, with four out of five starters being seniors or graduate students. However, this year, much has changed, with many underclassmen shining for the Bombers. Now, the team holds a 10–6 record and had a 9–3 start compared to the team’s 7–5 start last season.
Graduate student pole vaulter Dom Mikula is heading into his sixth year competing in college. Because of eligibility loopholes, he will be able to compete in the winter and spring seasons.

Student-athletes navigate COVID eligibility loopholes

By Jess Moskowitz, Staff Writer December 6, 2023
In Spring 2020, the NCAA announced that student-athletes who did not compete in the 2020 spring sports season because of the COVID-19 pandemic would be granted an extra season of eligibility. 
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