Darlington School: Episode 49: Girls' Spring Sports Preview 
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Episode 49: Girls’ Spring Sports Preview

March 17, 2022 | 167 views

Welcome to Episode 49 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with girls' varsity coaches Reid Owens (tennis), Al Shorey (soccer), Melissa Smyly (lacrosse) and Kevin Hunt (track and field) about the spring athletic season at Darlington. You'll hear a little about each team and what we might expect to see over the next few months. Note: This epsiode was recorded on March 15, 2021, and unfortunately Jared Willerson (golf) was unable to attend due to a golf tournament. 

Reid Owens has taught Spanish at the Upper School since 2017 and is the head coach of the boys' and girls' tennis teams. 

Al Shorey has taught math at the Upper School since 2013 and is the head coach of the boys' and girls' soccer teams. 

Melissa Smyly has taught English at the Upper School since 2017 and is the head coach of the girls' lacrosse team.

Kevin Hunt has taught P.E. and coached at Darlington since 2007. He is the head coach of the boys' and girls' varsity track and field teams and the assistant head football coach, serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach as well.

The thrill of competition. The rush of a championship. Our athletic program offers you everything you'd expect from a private school. However, the Darlington athletic program is so much more. CLICK HERE to learn more about athletics at Darlington or schedule a private tour and see our facilities for yourself. 


The Darlington Podcast is a collaboration between the communication and advancement teams, and is hosted by various members of the school community. Episodes are released each Thursday morning and available on most podcast platforms (search for The Darlington Podcast in your podcast player). Once new episodes are posted, you'll also be able to find them at www.darlingtonschool.org/podcast. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so that you'll get the latest episode each week! 

The Darlington Podcast intro music was written and performed by Elliot Luitwieler ('22) and Kathryn Davidson ('22). Carson Raymond, director of major gifts, lends his voice, and editing and production is handled by Maddie Fox, content manager.

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