Coach Darlington is in his second year as the outside linebackers coach at Southeast Missouri State University. He came to Cape Girardeau after serving as the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech in 2006. Darlington has also coached at Nebraska, Marshall, San Jose State, Dartmouth and Lebanon Valley.
Darlington was a longtime Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach and became the first assistant in Division I-A history to be part of more than 300 wins at one institution. From 1973-85, he coached defensive ends and outside linebackers for the "Blackshirt" defense. From 1986-2002, he was the defensive backfield coach. He helped Nebraska to three national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997 as well as numerous conference championships.
While at Nebraska, Darlington helped send 30 players on to the NFL while coaching seven All-Americans, including Bob Martin (1975), George Andrews (1978), Derric Nelson (1980), Jimmy Williams (1981), Mike Brown (1999), Ralph Brown (1999) and Keyou Carver (2001).
During his final seven seasons with Nebraska, his pass defense was ranked in the top 10 in the nation four times and in 17 seasons coaching the Cornhuskers secondary, his squad never ranked lower than 37th nationally.
In three of the last four years at Nebraska, Darlington's defense was ranked second in the country twice and seventh once in pass defense efficiency,
While at Nebraska, he was the position coach for Southeast head coach Tony Samuel, wide receivers coach Lorenzo Brinkley and defensive backs coach Kenny Wilhite. Defensive coordinator Tim McGuire and offensive line coach Brian Boerboom also played for the Cornhuskers during his tenure as an assistant coach.
Following his time at Nebraska, Darlington moved on to Marshall from where he cocahed the secondary in 2005, safeties and special teams in 2004 and outside linebackers in 2003, in addition to serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.
During his first season at Marshall, Darlington helped the team lead the Mid-Atlantic Conference in total defense, allowing only 329.8 yards per game.
Along the way, Darlington has been recognized numerous times for coaching success, earning the 1998 All-American Football Foundation's Top Assistant Award. In the summer of 2000, the state of West Virginia honored him with the inaugural Frank Loria Award for distinguishment in the coaching profession.
Prior to joining Tom Osborne's staff in Lincoln, Darlington served as an assistant coach at San Jose State for four seasons. The 68-year-old started his collegiate career at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., followed by a one-year stint at Dartmouth before moving on to San Jose State.
Darlington was a collegiate two-sport star at Rutgers, earning three letters in football and two in lacrosse, where he was named third team All-American in 1961.
The Charleston, W.Va., native earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers in History and Physical Education in 1961 and a master's degree in Education from Stanford in 1962.
Darlington is married to Susan Doetterl of Bloomfield, N.J., and the couple has three children, Lisa, David and Julie, and nine grandchildren.