COLBY ATHLETICS 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’s
- 16 women’s
- 1 coed
- 11 club sports
Facilities: A new athletics center is planned for Colby for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. The College will have one of the best athletic facilities in Division III in the country. Currently, Colby has The Harold Alfond Athletic Center. The 197,064-square-foot complex includes a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, an ice hockey arena, a field house with indoor track and tennis courts, two basketball courts, squash courts, a weight-training and fitness center, an aerobics/dance room, saunas, a climbing wall, and a training and physical therapy center. Outdoor facilities include four artifificial turf fields, the most in the NESCAC. The College has 50 acres of playing fields and is starting the process of building new fields for soccer (grass) and field hockey and lacrosse (turf). Colby also has 10 newly resurfaced tennis courts and the Nordic ski program practices at the Quarry Road Trails, less than a mile from campus.
|Ping Pong and Badminton|
|1867||Baseball becomes the first varsity sport at Colby.|
|1892||The Colby-Bowdoin football rivalry, the third-longest rivalry in Division III history, begins.|
|1936||The Women’s Athletic Association is formed to oversee the women’s intramural sports program.|
|1975||The women’s ice hockey team competes against Brown in the first-ever women’s intercollegiate varsity game.|
|2000||NESCAC starts playoff system for conference.|
|2003||Women's crew wins first NCAA title by a Colby team.|
|2017||Women's lacrosse wins third NESCAC team title|