Colby Athletics at a Glance

Fall Sports
Crew Men's
Crew Women's
Cross Country Men's
Cross Country Women's
Field Hockey Women's
Football Men's
Golf Coed
Soccer Men's
Soccer Women's
Tennis Men's
Tennis Women's
Volleyball Women's
Winter Sports
Alpine Skiing Coed
Basketball Men's
Basketball Women's
Hockey Men's
Hockey Women's
Indoor Track Men's
Indoor Track Women's
Nordic Skiing Coed
Squash Men's
Squash Women's
Swimming Men's
Swimming Women's
Spring Sports
Baseball Men's
Crew Men's
Crew Women's
Lacrosse Men's
Lacrosse Women's
Outdoor Track Men's
Outdoor Track Women's
Softball Women's
Tennis Men's
Tennis Women's
Club Sports
Ultimate Frisbee

At a Glance

Affiliation: Colby competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Founded in 1971, the conference includes 11 highly selective liberal arts colleges that are committed to academic excellence and believe that athletic excellence supports their educational missions.

Division: All varsity sports compete in NCAA Division III, with the exception of alpine and nordic skiing, which compete in Division I.

About Colby Teams:
  • 32 varsity teams
  • 15 men
  • 16 women
  • 1 coed
  • 9 club sports

About Colby Athletes:
  • 682 varsity athletes
  • 53% men
  • 47% women

Facilities:The Harold Alfond Athletic Center is one of the finest college facilities in New England. The 197,064-square-foot complex includes a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, ice hockey arena, field house with indoor track and tennis courts, two basketball courts, squash courts, weight-training and fitness center, aerobics room, saunas, a climbing wall, and a training and physical therapy center. Outdoors there are a synthetic track, 20 acres of playing fields, 10 newly resurfaced tennis courts, cross-country running and ski trails, ice skating on Johnson Pond, and a lumberjack area for woodsmen's meets.

Colby Olympians
Name Sport Year
Hilary Gehman '93 Crew Sydney 2000 & Athens 2004
Marc Gilbertson '91 Nordic Skiing Nagano 1998
Sebsibe Mamo '70 Running Tokyo 1964 & Mexico City 1968
Joe Wallace '45 Hockey London 1948
Elbridge B. Ross '35 Hockey Berlin 1936

Mascot: If Bowdoin has the polar bear and the University of Maine has the black bear, why does our very own Colby have the white mule? Colby's infamous mascot didn't come about until 1923, when one outgoing and innovative young man by the name of Joseph Coburn Smith, published an editorial in the school newspaper. In that editorial, Smith, editor of the Echo and nephew of Louise Coburn, suggested that the Colby football team be symbolized by a "white mule." They were to no longer appear as the "dark horse" of college athletics, since they so often upset predictions made by local sports writers.

After reading Smith's article, a group of students located a white mule on a Kennebec farm and borrowed the animal for the Bates game on Armistice Day in 1923. Dressed in blue and grey, the mule was placed at the head of the band and student body as they marched onto the field.

Colby defeated Bates 9 to 6 that day with the help of its newfound mascot. The win was enough to make Joe Smith's suggestion permanent. Today we are still the white mules and now you know why.

--Taken from: The History of Colby College by Ernest Cummings Marriner, 1963