The Colby Mules (formerly 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.
|Conference||New England Small College Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Jake Olkkola|
|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|
- 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.
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.
The Men's basketball team were the 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.
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.
On November, 10th, 2018, during the Colby vs Bowdoin game, there was a reunion of the 2000 NESCAC Champion Mules, the only team in school history to have claimed the title. At half-time of the game, there was a ring ceremony celebrating the 18 year anniversary of the all-time greatest team.
Separate from the Colby Mules, club sports are recognized but not directly supported by the college.
- Cycling team rides in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference.
- Equestrian competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
- Fencing competes in the United States Fencing Association.
- Men's Waterpolo competes in the North Atlantic Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
- Rugby team competes in the New England Rugby Football Union.
- Sailing team participates in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association,
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Woodsmen's Team competes against other schools in the Northeast and Canada
Nickname, symbol, and mascotEdit
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. In 2002, the name was shortened to Mules. As for a mascot, currently there's a costume with a giant mule's head, known to students as "Morty."
- Colby Identity Standards Manual (PDF). December 14, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
- Colby College | Athletics | Colby Athletics at a Glance
- ICSA: Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association » Colby College Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine
- "History of the Mule". Colby College Athletics. Colby College. Retrieved 30 January 2019.