Darlington School: Podcast Episode 11: Athletics Recap and Reflections 
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Podcast Episode 11: Athletics Recap and Reflections

June 10, 2021 | 224 views

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.

  • Tommy Atha, assistant athletic director and head football coach, has been at Darlington since 1993.
  • Kelly McDurmon has taught Upper School history at Darlington since 2004 and serves as the JV football head coach, assistant coach for varsity football, and head wrestling coach.
  • Melissa Smyly has taught Upper School English since 2017 and serves as assistant coach of varsity cheerleading and head coach of girls' lacrosse.
  • Leigh Hadaway has served as Upper School history teacher and head swim coach since 2019.

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, Advancement, and I.T. teams, and is hosted by various members of the faculty and staff. 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 Luitweiler ('22) and Katherine Davidson ('22). Carson Raymond, director of major gifts, lends his voice for the open and close and editing and production is handled by Jennifer Collins, content manager.

If you have ideas for future episodes or have any questions about The Darlington Podcast, please email communications@darlingtonschool.org