Meet the Professor: Bethany Dannelly Bethany Dannelly is the associate director of athletics and assistant professor of physical education at Washington and Lee University .
Bethany Dannelly joined Washington and Lee University’s faculty in the fall of 2020. She is the associate director of athletics and assistant professor of physical education at W&L. Dannelly earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University and her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia.
Before she joined the W&L’s faculty, Dannelly worked at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference office as the director of championships.
We asked Professor Dannelly some questions about herself. Keep reading to learn about what she does in her spare time.
What first attracted you to Washington and Lee University?
Having gone to Washington and Lee as an undergraduate, I know how special and unique W&L and Lexington are. I also knew many of the athletics department coaches and staff from my time in the ODAC and knew what a great opportunity it would be to work with such a driven, passionate, successful group of individuals who truly value the student-athlete experience.
What are you teaching this fall?
I am teaching PE basketball.
Aside from teaching, what’s something that you’re passionate about? What do you do for fun?
I love being outside, particularly hiking and trail running. I have a long-term goal to section hike all of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.
What is your favorite movie or book? Why?
I love “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. It has valuable lessons about the importance of positivity.
As a student, what was the best piece of advice you were given?
When I was in school, I played basketball and Coach Mike Walsh was the athletics director. The best piece of advice I received was from him: “Keep the ball within the confines of the court.”
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I have two golden retrievers, Cam and Briggs, who love to get out on the trails with me. It is easier to go up mountains when you are attached to two dogs.
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