Still looking for a Spring PE class?

If you are still looking for a Spring PE class we have spots available in the following classes. Contact the instructor or Neil Cunningham in the PE office. As a reminder classes meet Mon-Thu and the class must fit with your Spring 4 credit class.


PE 111 Aerobic Swimming

PE 154 Aerobic Running

PE 155 Weight Training

PE 162 Racquetball


PE 154 Aerobic Running

PE 159 Badminton

PE 162 Racquetball




Did you know that in addition to 100 and 200 level FDR classes we also have some 300 level electives in our department?

PE 301: Philosophy and Techniques of Coaching.

A course that looks at the theory and practical nature of coaching. Classes on coaching philosophy, coaching style, leadership, sportsmanship, recruiting, solving real coaching situations and lesson planning. Class includes practical teaching.

PE 302: Care and Prevention of Injuries:

Fundamentals of human anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology of exercise are studied. Prevention, care, and rehabilitation of injury techniques are analyzed. Discussion and instruction employing the modalities of hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, thermotherapy, and cryotherapy are presented. Therapeutic exercise procedures are demonstrated and related to the overall program of athletic training.

PE 304: CPR and First Aid.

A course designed to provide fundamental principles, knowledge, and skills in First Aid and CPR, leading to American Red Cross certification in Standard First Aid and Community CPR. (First class meeting mandatory.) Additional special fees apply.

PE 306: Sport Psychology.

An examination of both theory and application of sport psychology. Students gain an understanding of the psychological principles and theories that apply to sport and learn how to use this knowledge in an applied setting when working with teams or athletes. Major areas of focus include personality theory, attribution theory, group cohesion, imagery, goal orientation and motivation, goal setting, and imagery.

PE 312: Lifeguarding.

A course designed to provide the fundamental principles and skills of lifeguarding, leading to American Red Cross certification.

PE 313: Water Safety Instructor’s Course.

A course designed to train and certify individuals to teach all levels of American Red Cross water safety courses. This course does not lead to certification in Lifeguard Training.

Here’s To Another 100 Years!

Did you know that Washington and Lee started PE in 1915? The PE department was formed in an attempt to teach students about physical education and health and hygiene. We are all proud of our PE department and its many diverse offerings. The hardest thing is choosing what to take.

If you love team sports try Basketball, Soccer, Team Handball or Volleyball

Not your thing? Why not just take Racquet sports? Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Racquetball should easily quench your appetite.

Grew up with a dislike for sports in general or anything that involves a ball? PE classes in middle and high school still have you scarred? Try Modern Dance, Dance Conditioning, Aerobics or Yoga.

Came to Washington and Lee because of our proximity to the “great outdoors?” Why not join James Dick for some Rock Climbing, Paddling, Wilderness Leadership and even some Scuba.

Most of all remember to have fun, try your best and feel free to audit classes if you complete your four class requirement. Lots of students do!


PE 148: Team Handball.

Team Handball is a dynamic sport that uses natural athletic skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching to provide the action for the game. Team Handball is played between two teams, each with six players on the court and a Goalkeeper, on a court larger than a basketball court. The International Handball Federation comprises 136 member nations with approximately 12 million players competing worldwide.

Team Handball is a class offered in the fall and winter as part of the PE curriculum. Last week I had an opportunity to attend Coach Rolf Piranian’s class and shoot some video of the events. Coach does a great job as part of his class to incorporate a class/staff challenge game and this is the class you will see on film.

The staff rarely ever lose this game but this year the students in the class defeated the staff team by a score of 23-18. It was a very competitive game and I know the staff team are now regularly holding secret practices to avenge this loss. The Team Handball class played very well and have obviously been coached too well.

I would like to thank the following coaches/staff for giving up their valuable time.

Pam Findlay, Scott Abell, Rachael Sushner, Ross Liberati, Coach Munch, Tommy Mays, Taylor Steele, Nate Shearer.

Staff/student game

Professional game