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Tommy Atha

Assistant Director of Admission; Assistant Athletic Director; Head Football Coach

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 Varsity Football

Head Coach

College Education
B.S. Presbyterian College

School retires Anna Claire Atha’s (‘17) jersey

December 12, 2018
Darlington School retired Anna Claire Atha’s (‘17) basketball jersey during a ceremony between the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games on Dec. 11, 2018. 

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Class of 2021 to host Special Olympics

April 3, 2018
Darlington’s freshman class will partner with Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation to host the Floyd County Special Olympics on the school’s campus on Thursday, April 12.

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Ratledge named middle grades P.E. teacher

August 24, 2017
Dean Ratledge, middle grades P.E. teacher and end of school day support assistant, has nearly four decades of experience in high school and elementary education, serving most recently as pre-K to 2 physical education teacher at Pepperell Primary School.

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Atha (‘17) honored as outstanding athlete, wins scholarship award

March 16, 2017
Senior Anna Claire Atha was named the winner of the John Pinson Outstanding Female Athlete Award at the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet held on Feb. 27.

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Darlington’s Hayden Shinn quarterbacks in the Diamond All-American Bowl Games

January 12, 2017
Darlington School freshman Hayden Shinn (‘20), a quarterback for the junior varsity and varsity football teams, was selected to play in the ninth grade division of the 2016 Diamond All-American Bowl Games, held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Dec. 29 and 31, 2016.

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Darlington’s Tate Ratledge receives FBU Freshman All-American Bowl invitation

January 9, 2017
Darlington School freshman Tate Ratledge (‘20), a defensive end for the varsity football team, was selected to play in the 2017 Football University Freshman All-American Bowl which was held in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alamodome.

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Atha becomes all-time scoring leader for Lady Tigers

January 5, 2017
Darlington senior Anna Claire Atha helped lead the Lady Tigers to a victory over Cane Bay High School on Dec. 29, scoring 25 points in the final game of the Carolina Invitational basketball tournament. This game put her at 1,791 career points, surpassing the 1,774 points by Terar Stewart (’13) and earning Atha the status of all-time leading scorer for Darlington’s Lady Tigers.

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9 named to All Sub-region 6A football team

December 20, 2016
Nine Tigers have been honored with spots on the 6A All Sub-region Team in football for both offense and defense.

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FOOTBALL: Atha always on the sideline

November 25, 2016
Read the Nov. 25 Rome News-Tribune article article about Darlington assistant athletic director Tommy Atha's involvement as both head football coach and interim girls' basketball head coach.

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Using Virtual Reality in Athletics

Athletics | Tommy Atha, October 4, 2016
I traveled to Vanderbilt University in July to study how their athletic department is making use of virtual reality in training athletes.

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