Colby Mules

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Colby Mules
University Colby College
Conference New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Jake Olkkola
Location Waterville, Maine
Varsity teams 32 varsity
Football stadium Harold Alfond Memorial Field
Mascot Morty the Mule
Nickname Mules, Fighting White Mules
Colors Colby Blue and Priscilla Gray[1]

The Colby Mules (colloquially known as the White Mules) are the varsity and club athletic teams of Colby College, a liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine. Colby's varsity teams compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The College offers 32 varsity teams, plus club sports, intramural sports called I-play.

Athletic facilities[edit]

Fieldhouse inside the Harold Alfond Athletic Center, with indoor track and four convertible tennis or basketball courts.

The Harold Alfond Athletic Center is the center of athletic life at Colby, and home to the Colby White Mules. In addition to athletic offices, it contains:[2]

  • The Wadsworth Gymnasium, with a capacity of 2,600 people
  • Alfond Rink, with 1,750 seats, home to the men's and women's ice hockey programs.
  • The Boulos Family Fitness Center
  • The Colby swimming pool, 25-yard by 25-meter indoor swimming pool with 10 racing lanes, three-meter, and one-meter springboards.
  • The Judson Dunaway Squash Courts - five international-sized, glass-backed squash courts built in 1993 with maple floors, motion-activated lighting, and fiber-resin walls.
  • a field house with a four lane, 220-yard track.

Surrounding the Harold Alfond Athletic Center:

  • Harold Alfond Stadium new in 2008, contains an illuminated 400-meter, 8-lane track, with area for the long and triple jump, new discus and hammer cage and separate areas for shot put and javelin competition.
  • Seaverns Field, inside the stadium, is an illuminated synthetic turf field used by the football, soccer, and lacrosse teams.
  • Bill Alfond Field is an illuminated synthetic turf field for field hockey and men's and women's lacrosse.
  • The Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts - 10 hard-surface courts, including the Klein Tennis Pavilion
  • The Colby soccer field and Loebs Field, two full-size playing fields west of the soccer field for soccer practice as well as intramural sports and summer sports camps.
  • Crafts Field is home of the Colby softball team.
  • Coombs Field, home of the baseball team,
  • The Campbell Cross Country Trails are used for cross-country running and skiing.

In addition to the on-campus facilities, the White Mules also utilize:

  • The Colby-Hume Center, located on Messalonskee Lake for Colby's crew and sailing teams. It is also open to the Colby community.
  • The Sugarloaf Ski Resort is home to the Alpine Ski Team, and is used extensively by recreational skiers from Colby because of its proximity to campus, about 50 miles away.
  • The Waterville Country Club for golf.

Varsity teams[edit]

A Colby varsity runner, competing against Bates

Alpine skiing[edit]

The Colby Alpine Ski Team received varsity status in 1986 and won five Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Division II titles between 1987 and 1992. That success prompted the College to upgrade the program to Division I status in 1993. Abbi Lapthrop '06 captured the NCAA giant slalom title at the NCAA Skiing Championships at Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2006. Lathrop is the first Colby athlete to compete against Division I schools and win a national title.[3]


1990, 1991, 1993, and 1998 Eastern College Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament champions. The Mules were featured by the Bleacher Report in 2014 for their bench celebrations.[4]


2003 winner of the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship. Men and women compete in the New England Rowing Championship.


The Colby-Bates-Bowdoin rivalry dates back to the 1870’s.

The rivalry was rekindled in recent years as Chappy Nelson, Long time Colby football equipment manager, left the mules and signed a contract with the Bowdoin Polar Bears through the 2022 season.

In 2000, the Mules won the 1st ever NESCAC Championship- the only time in school history this has happened.

On November 28th, 2017, 6 year coach Jonathan Michaeles resigned after leading the Mules through a tough 1-8 season. Colby recently announced UMaine Veteran Jack Cosgrove as the new head coach.

Ice Hockey[edit]

Ice Hockey formerly competed in the ECAC Hockey conference (men from 1961–64 and women from 1993-1999); now both teams compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Nordic skiing[edit]

Competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association.


Club teams[edit]

Separate from the Colby Mules, club sports are recognized but not directly supported by the college.[5]

Nickname, symbol, and mascot[edit]

A retired version of the Colby Mules logo.

The White Mule was adopted as Colby's mascot in 1923 when Colby Echo editor Joseph Coburn Smith '24 suggested in an editorial that the success of the football team had made its customary "dark horse" label obsolete.[8] As for a mascot, currently there's a costume with a giant mule's head, known to students as "Morty."[8]