Jake Olkkola, who previously served as associate athletic director at UD since 2010, was named the senior associate athletics director for finance and administration in January, 2015.
In his new role, Olkkola (pronounced "oak-la") becomes a member of the athletics senior administrative team, oversees all daily and strategic business operations, serves as the lead in all human resources management initiatives, and continues to oversee a vibrant recreation services area that serves thousands of students and employees annually.
A former director of recreational services at Harvard University, Olkkola has over 10 years of significant financial management experience that has resulted in major capital and programmatic improvements at both Delaware and Harvard.
He also serves as program administrator for the UD men's and women's swimming and diving and women’s track and field and cross country programs.
The UD Recreation Services program services the entire UD student body and focuses on student wellness, leadership development, and healthy engagement. Among its features are the Carpenter Sports Building, Rawstrom Natatorium, Fred Rust & Gold Ice Arenas, an outdoor aquatic center, four fitness centers for students and staff use, various upgraded playing fields and courts, 32 club sport teams, and over 30 intramural leagues and tournaments.
Olkkola oversaw the renovation and construction of the addition to the Carpenter Sports Building that was dedicated on Aug. 26, 2013. The showcase of the $25 million project is a three-story, 45,000-square-foot addition, complete with an indoor walking and jogging track and the very latest in fitness equipment. Complementing the addition is a new student lounge equipped with the latest technology features.
In addition, Olkkola oversaw the implementation and conversion of multiple athletic fields to synthetic surfaces. These investments have provided year round playing opportunities for athletic teams and general student use.
Olkkola earned his associate degree in sports management from New Hampshire Technical Institute-Concord in 1998 and his bachelor's degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2001. He also completed an Alternative Funding Development Program with the National Recreation and Parks Association in 2008.
He began his professional career in the National Basketball Association when he served a front office internship with sales and marketing with the Boston Celtics in 2000-01.
He joined the collegiate ranks in 2001 when he was named assistant football coach (wide receivers) at La Salle University in Philadelphia and served through the 2002-03 season. In addition to his football duties, he oversaw daily staffing, scheduling, and security at the Hayman Athletic Center.
Olkkola then moved on to Harvard University where he served for five years as director of recreational services for the Cambridge, Mass.-based Ivy League institution and was instrumental in the project planning and execution of the $16 million renovation of the University's 100,000 square foot Malkin Athletic Center.
He was responsible for administering, budgeting, and marketing all university recreational programming, along with managing scheduling, staffing, and programming for six recreational and intercollegiate athletic facilities.
He directed an intramural athletic program that included over 3,500 students and 30 leagues and a club sport program that featured 35 programs and over 900 students. He supervised and managed a staff of 60 employees.
Olkkola and his wife, Michelle, have three children, Caroline, Jed, and Josie.Updated 12/5/15
|Position:||Senior Associate AD for Finance and Administration|
|Alma Mater:||Southern New Hampshire University|