With more than 30 teams across 15 competitive sports, the VES athletic program offers students a chance to play the sport of their choice. Our coaches are highly trained, committed to their players and most of them are classroom teachers as well. Each one shares a love of working with students, a passion for coaching and a dedication to developing leadership skills and nurturing every player’s talent.
Virginia Episcopal School is an accredited member of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.
The boys' athletic teams compete in the Virginia Independent Conference, with the exception of the Varsity Football team, which competes in the Virginia Independent School Football League.
As members of the Blue Ridge Conference, our female athletic teams compete with a number of other independent schools within the state with an end-of-season tournament.
Athletes at VES have the distinct privilege of competing in highly competitive conferences that allow for high-caliber play, as well as the opportunity to progress into state-level tournaments.
Breadth of Our Athletic Programs
Our female student-athletes have a wide variety of athletic teams to chose from, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, mountain biking, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
Male student-athletes may choose to play the following sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, mountain biking, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field and wrestling.
We also offer yoga and strength and conditioning. And, if you dance or ride horses, we offer programs off-campus to meet your interests and talent level.
Facilities and Training
VES offers a state-of-the-art cardio and strength training facility and an on-staff strength and conditioning trainer. Our athletic trainer is highly regarded among athletic programs throughout the region.
Our Mascot and Team Colors
The Fighting Bishops Garnet & White
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Director of Athletics & Afternoon Activities/Economics Teacher/ Coach, Baseball
Bob Leake was appointed to the faculty at VES in 1984. He currently serves as Athletic Director and teaches Economics.
Bob is a 1982 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College where he was an Economics and Education major. He played one season of varsity basketball and four seasons of varsity soccer. During his junior and senior seasons, he was voted to the Presidents Athletic Conference all-conference team as a goalkeeper. During his senior season at W&J, he was voted team MVP and PAC conference MVP. He also set a school record his senior season for fewest goals given up in a season which stood for 12 years before it was eclipsed. He currently ranks fourth on the career saves list at W&J. After college he played for the Columbus Stars in Columbus, Ohio in the B-League of the North American Soccer League as a goalkeeper where his team compiled a two-year record of 41-1-4, winning two conference titles and earning them a game with the NASL Chicago Sting in 1982 and the Cleveland Force in 1983. After playing with Columbus, he had a brief tryout with the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League. After his semi-pro career, he began his coaching career at Canon McMillan High School in Pennsylvania before arriving on the campus of Virginia Episcopal School in 1984. At VES he has been the head coach of the boys varsity basketball team (14 seasons), head coach of varsity girls softball (7 seasons), head coach boys varsity soccer (13 seasons), head coach of girls varsity soccer (14 seasons) and head coach of boys and girls varsity swimming (10 seasons), and varsity baseball for three seasons. He has coached boys soccer teams to four conference championship games and three state tournament appearances and his girls soccer teams to four conference championship games and one state tournament appearance. In 2009 his boys swim team finished 2nd in the state Division II championship meet. Under his tenure as a swimming coach at VES, his swimmers have set 28 new school records and have qualified 58 swimmers for the state championships.
Assistant Athletic Director/ Coach, Volleyball and Girls Basketball