Southeast Football Adds Veteran Defensive Coach
Aug. 2, 2007
By Ron Hines, Sports Information Director
Darlington, who will coach the outside linebackers and safeties, replaces Terry Samuel who resigned to accept a job as offensive coordinator at Nebraska-Omaha. With the addition of Darlington, Lorenzo Brinkley will move from the defensive staff to offense as wide receivers coach.
Darlington spent 30 seasons as an assistant at Nebraska where he became the first assistant coach in Division I-A history to be part of more than 300 wins at one institution. He was the defensive ends coach when Coach Tony Samuel was one of the Cornhusker defensive ends from 1974-1977. Darlington was coaching the defensive secondary at Nebraska when current Redhawks assistants Brinkley and Kenny Wilhite were defensive backs for the Cornhuskers. Three other current Southeast assistants also played at Nebraska while Darlington was on the staff including defensive coordinator Tim McGuire, offensive line coach Brian Boerboom and running backs coach Chris Norris.
Samuel, who is in his second season as head coach at Southeast, coached with Darlington at Nebraska. "I feel very fortunate to be able to add a coach with the experience, knowledge and background that Coach Darlington possesses," Samuel said. "He was my position coach when I played at Nebraska and we coached together for 11 years. "Coach Darlington is the type of coach we need to put us on par to win a championship in the Ohio Valley Conference."
At Nebraska, Darlington was responsible for coaching the famous "Blackshirt" defense. He coached the Huskers secondary for 17 seasons after working with the defensive ends for 13 years. Darlington helped coach Nebraska to numerous conference titles as well as three national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
During his final seven seasons with Nebraska, four times his pass defense was ranked in the top 10 in the nation and in 17 seasons coaching the Cornhusker secondary, it never ranked lower than 37th.
After leaving Nebraska, Darlington spent three seasons at Marshall and last season he was defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. He has been recognized numerous times for his coaching success, earning the 1998 All-American Football Foundation "Top Assistant Award."
Prior to joining Tom Osborn's staff in Lincoln, Darlington served as an assistant coach at San Jose State for four seasons. He started his coaching career at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) College in 1964 followed by a one year stint at Dartmouth.
A graduate of Rutgers where he earned three letters in football and two in lacrosse, Darlington earned All-American football honors in 1961. He earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers and received a masters' degree from Stanford.
Darlington is married to Susan Doetterl of Bloomfield, New Jersey, and the couple has three children, Lisa, David and Julia, and nine grandchildren.
Southeast begins fall drills on Saturday and will open the season at Cincinnati on August 30.