Tim Wheaton heads into his second full year as the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics in the 2016-17 academic year. Wheaton began his appointment Jan. 26, 2015.

Following a national search, Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori G. Kletzer announced Wheaton’s appointment. Wheaton came from Harvard, where he served as a coach and administrator over the last 30 years.

“We saw many qualified candidates,” said Kletzer. “Ultimately, Tim’s strong character, principled philosophies, and record of success led us to determine that he is the right person to lead Colby athletics during this important time.”

Wheaton had served as associate director of athletics at Harvard since 2007. He began his Harvard career in 1985, first as an assistant coach for women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse, then as head coach of women’s soccer, where he guided the team to eight NCAA tournaments and four Ivy League championships in 18 years.

In his capacity as Harvard’s associate athletic director, Wheaton oversaw seven varsity teams and the entire club sport program, was responsible for department-wide fundraising efforts, and served as lead administrator on major capital projects. He worked with the Harvard Varsity Club and was the athletic department’s primary liaison with the Harvard Alumni Association.

In his role as athletic director, Wheaton will provide leadership, direction, and operational management for Colby’s Department of Athletics, which manages 32 intercollegiate varsity athletic teams, recreational athletics, intramural sports, club sports, and a wide range of health and wellness activities. He will champion the support of Colby’s student-athletes as the College honors effort and perseverance, rewards self-discipline, encourages interpersonal exploration, and promotes mutual understanding in an effort to reach the highest levels of achievement and excellence.