Jake Olkkola, Harold Alfond Director of Athletics
Jake Olkkola, an administrator and former coach who has held leadership roles at the University of Delaware and Harvard University, was named the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics in 2017, and is overseeing the emergence of Colby Athletics as one of the nation’s premier Division III programs.
Over his first two years, several Colby varsity athletic teams, club teams, and individual athletes have won NESCAC titles and competed at the top levels of NCAA Division III.
Prior to Colby, Olkkola was senior associate director of athletics at the University of Delaware. As a member of the senior leadership team for seven years, he had a role in helping teams achieve conference and national championships while overseeing the design and construction of UD’s award-winning athletic and recreation facility, the Carpenter Sports Building.
Olkkola and his wife, Michelle, have three children.
“I am humbled and honored to assume the responsibility of leading Colby athletics into a new era,” said Olkkola. “This is a dynamic time with many great opportunities on the horizon for Colby and for the city of Waterville."