Darlington School: Private Boarding School in Georgia Episode 135: Fall Varsity Sports Recap
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Episode 135: Fall Varsity Sports Recap

November 9, 2023 | 391 views

Welcome to Episode 135 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this episode, senior boarding student Mary Covington talks with varsity coaches Brant Evans (cross country), Wayne Groves (football), Anna Harris (softball), Christina Kopp (volleyball) and Melissa Smyly (spirit and competition cheerleading) about the fall athletic season at Darlington. You'll hear a little bit about each team and their highlights of the fall season, from summer workouts to team bonding to their accomplishments and more. 

Brant Evans came to Darlington in 2008 and currently serves as dean of student life at the Upper School. He also teaches AP government classes and coaches boys' and girls' cross country.

Wayne Groves has been the head football coach and director of strength and conditioning since 2023.

Anna Harris has served as head softball coach, assistant track coach, and strength and speed conditioning coach since 2019. 

Christina Kopp has taught art for grades Pre-K to 8 since 2019 and is the head coach of the varsity volleyball team. 

Melissa Smyly has taught English at the Upper School since 2017 and serves as head fo the department. She also coaches varsity football, basketball and competition cheerleading.

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 and advancement teams, and is hosted by various members of the school community. 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 Luitwieler ('22) and Kathryn Davidson ('22). Justin Bruce, Upper School learning specialist, lends his voice, and editing and production is handled by Maddie Chastain, content manager.

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