The Obit For Ole Kollevoll

Olav Bernt "(Ole)" Kollevoll
Jan. 7, 1923 - Sept. 11, 2010

Published in Herald Tribune from September 15 to September 16, 2010

Olav 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.

After graduation 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.

In 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.