Bernt "(Ole)" Kollevoll
7, 1923 - Sept. 11, 2010
in Herald Tribune from September 15 to September 16, 2010
Bernt "(Ole)" Kollevoll, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Easton, Pa., and
Hamilton, N.Y., died Sept. 11, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday
at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Sarasota. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial
Chapel, is handling the arrangements.
Born in Kristiansand, Norway, Ole
immigrated to the United States at a young age and settled with his parents in
a Norwegian community in Brooklyn. Sports became a way of life for Ole, allowing
him to demonstrate his leadership skills among many.
Ole attended Manual
Training High School as an All-City football center and Public School Athletic
League scoring leader on three championship hockey teams. From there, he attended
Colgate University in upstate New York. He majored in mathematics. Ole enrolled
in an accelerated academic program at Colgate in 1941 due to the war. Even with
this condensed 29 month academic schedule, Ole managed to letter in three sports
-- as a football captain coached under the leadership of the legendary Andy Kerr,
baseball team captain as catcher and captain as a defenseman of the hockey team,
helping lead the way to an undefeated 14 game season in 1942.
in 1945, Ole served our country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, commanding a
PT reconnaissance boat in the Philippines. Following his naval service, Ole was
recruited as a catcher for the Boston Braves professional baseball team. During
that time, he also managed to play semi-professional hockey for the Clinton Comets.
In 1947, he was a member of the U.S. National Team participating at the World
Hockey Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Ole's talent as a baseball player
elevated him to a Triple A level very quickly, before suffering a career-ending
injury to his shoulder in 1948. What followed was a career of coaching and athletic
administration that touched the lives of many.
Ole's successful coaching
career began at St. Lawrence University, heading up both the baseball and hockey
teams while also gaining administrative experience in managing the intramural
program. He returned to his alma mater in 1955 to coach at Colgate University
as head hockey coach and freshman football coach. In addition to his coaching
responsibilities, he was named an assistant to the athletic director. His teams
competed in the ECAC Hockey Championships (Colgate) and earned several trips to
the NCAA Frozen Four Championships (St. Lawrence). In 1965, Ole's leadership abilities
led him to a full-time administrative position as director of athletics at Lafayette
College in Easton, Pa. Shortly following his departure, the Colgate Alumni Association
awarded Ole the Silver Puck award in 1968.
Ole remained at Lafayette until
his retirement in 1989. During that time, he garnered many successful achievements.
The ECAC honored Ole in 1991 with a Distinguished Achievement Award following
his retirement for his significant individual contribution to intercollegiate
athletics. In 1992, Lafayette inducted Ole into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Colgate
inducted him into their Hall of Honor in 1995.
Other career accomplishments,
memberships and awards include ECAC president, 1978; ECAC executive council, 1975-77;
ECAC chairman, Men's Division I Hockey Tournament Committee; ECAC finance committee;
Division I steering committee; president, East Coast Conference; NCAA District
II Council vice president, 1978-82; NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and
Medical Aspects of Sports; chairman of NCAA Eligibility Committee, 1981-87; member
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Rotary International;
member Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Maroon Key, Colgate.
Ole enjoyed nearly
22 years of retirement in the Sarasota area, maintaining an active golf schedule
as a longtime member of the Meadows Country Club. He was also a member of the
Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Surviving family include his wife, Carol;
three sons, Olav B. Jr. (Judith) of McLean, Va., Kristan G. (Gitte) of Easton
and Eric J. (Diana) of Pennington, N.J.; a step-daughter, Barbara Weaver of Lancaster,
Pa.; stepsons William Bastian of Kennett Square, Pa., Bart Bastian of Glen Mills,
Pa., Scott Sylvainus of Nazareth, Pa., and Todd Sylvainus of Wildwood, Mo.; grandchildren
Annika, Annelise, Steffan, Kennett, Kiersten and Jenna; step-grandchildren James,
Lewis, Wade, Carl, Timothy, Daniel, Peter, Sara, Scott, Shawn, Alexa and Tyler.
lieu of flowers, donations can be made, if desired, to The Pines of Sarasota Foundation,
c/o Jane Lautner, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236; Colgate University,
c/o Tanya Day, Gift Records Department, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346; Lafayette
College, c/o Kristen Quirk, Development Office, 307 Markle Hall, Easton, PA 18042.