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Tommy Atha

Assistant Athletic Director

Tommy has taught P.E. at Darlington since 1993 and also serves as an assistant athletic director, head varsity football coach and Middle School girls’ basketball coach. He holds a B.S. from Presbyterian College and has also coached track and taught civics, world geography and American history. Tommy has led the Tigers football team to the state playoffs 17 times and coached them to three consecutive region championships from 2009-2011. He and his wife, Cathe, are the parents of Maggie Beth (‘14), Anna Claire (‘17), Tommy (‘19) and Katherine (‘25).

Boys M.S. Football

Assistant Coach

Boys Varsity Football

Head Coach

College Education
B.S. Presbyterian College

Episode 69: Darlington Tigers Football Preview

August 4, 2022
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Head Football Coach Tommy Atha and seniors Jack Good and Braden Bell about the Darlington Tigers' upcoming football season. They discuss how the team has been preparing, their goals for the season and what they're most excited about.

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23 earn All-Region football honors, Atha named Coach of the Year

December 9, 2021
Twenty-three members of the varsity football team received All-Region honors and head coach Tommy Atha was named Region Coach of the Year.

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Varsity Football: Tigers pull away in second half for third straight win

September 17, 2021
The game got off to a bit of a slow start on Friday as Darlington and Heritage’s defense turned away the opposing offenses for much of the first half. But once the Tigers got going, they weren’t going to be stopped as they ran away in the final quarter for a 28-7 victory over the visiting Generals.

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Podcast Episode 20: Fall Sports Preview

August 12, 2021
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with coaches involved in fall sports at Darlington. You'll hear about how our athletes have been preparing over the summer and what we might expect to see over the next few months.

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Podcast Episode 11: Athletics Recap and Reflections

June 10, 2021
Welcome to Episode 11 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode you will hear from four outstanding Darlington coaches as they reflect on the past year and share their philosophies around coaching and what got them into coaching to begin with.

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Speed Football Signing

April 23, 2021
Thomas Speed signed to play football at Birmingham Southern College during a ceremony on Friday, April 23 in the Johnson Field House in the Huffman Center. 

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It's a Great Time to be a Tiger!

Upper School | Tommy Atha, February 16, 2021
Wednesday, Feb. 3 was a great day for our football program and for our school. We had the great privilege of having three young men sign to play football at two phenomenal institutions.

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Rogers and Brock Signing

February 26, 2020
Seniors Kolin Rogers and Cade Brock sign their letters of intent to play football on the collegiate level.

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UGA Coach Kirby Smart Visits Darlington

December 11, 2019
Landing a helicopter on the 50-yard line of Chris Hunter Stadium provided a spectacular entrance for University of Georgia Head Football Coach Kirby Smart and new UGA offensive line coach Matt Luke.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Darlington's Ratledge honored as All-American

October 25, 2019
Read the Oct. 25 Rome News-Tribune article about the All-American Bowl's Road to the Dome tour and Friday morning's ceremony in Darlington's McCallie-Kennedy Library honoring senior offensive lineman Tate Ratledge as a 2020 All-American.

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