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Tommy Atha

Asst. Dir. Admission; Asst. Athletic Dir.

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

It's a Great Time to be a Tiger!

Upper School | Tommy Atha, February 16, 2021
Wednesday, Feb. 3 was a great day for our football program and for our school. We had the great privilege of having three young men sign to play football at two phenomenal institutions.

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Rogers and Brock Signing

February 26, 2020
Seniors Kolin Rogers and Cade Brock sign their letters of intent to play football on the collegiate level.

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UGA Coach Kirby Smart Visits Darlington

December 11, 2019
Landing a helicopter on the 50-yard line of Chris Hunter Stadium provided a spectacular entrance for University of Georgia Head Football Coach Kirby Smart and new UGA offensive line coach Matt Luke.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Darlington's Ratledge honored as All-American

October 25, 2019
Read the Oct. 25 Rome News-Tribune article about the All-American Bowl's Road to the Dome tour and Friday morning's ceremony in Darlington's McCallie-Kennedy Library honoring senior offensive lineman Tate Ratledge as a 2020 All-American.

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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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