Alan Darlin begins his third season as a member of the Jacksonville University football coaching staff in 2018. A former NCAA Division I player, he enters his second year as the team's defensive coordinator and his third overseeing the squad's linebacker staff.
Under Darlin's command in 2017, the Dolphin defense aided the team in posting a two-win improvement from the previous season, finishing 7-4 overall and 5-3 in Pioneer Football League play.
The linebacker unit enjoyed success under Darlin's leadership, with Thomas Oporto, Caysaun Wakeley and Trevor Tufano ranking top-3 on the team in tackles, respectively. Tufano and defensive back Griffin Garland earned Second-Team All-PFL honors, while Tufano was recognized as the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a win over Valparaiso which included eight tackles (one for a loss), one sack, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Additionally, Oporto finished fourth in the league in soo tackles per-game (5.1) and defensive back Calvin Turner Jr. ranked third in fumbles recovered.
2017 was Darlin’s first season as Defensive Coordinator Dolphins. All three starting LB’s for the Dolphins received post season PFL honors. All PFL 2nd team LB, Trevor Tufano, earned PFL Player of the Week honors against Valparaiso where he had a whopping 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles and a game clinching interception in the end zone. All PFL Honorable Mention LB, Thomas Oporto, was the team’s leading tackler racking up a total of 74 on the season. All PFL Honorable Mention LB, Caysaun Wakely, was the team’s second leading tackler with 70 and also was second in tackles for loss with 7.5. All three will be returning for the 2018 season.
In 2016, Darlin served as the Dolphins Linebacker Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. In his first season with the Dolphins, he coached All-PFL First-Team Linebacker Grady Redding. Redding left JU as its all-time leading tackler with 348 career stops. In 2016, Redding accrued 55 solo tackles, 4.5 in the backfield, and had 0.5 sacks. The middle linebacker forced 2 fumbles, recovered one, and had an interception returned for a touchdown at Morehead State. In addition to Redding, Justin Horton earned his first All-PFL honor with 70 tackles, 6 TFL, and 4.5 sacks. The Clermont, Fla., product had 36 solo tackles, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 recovery. He also rushed one fake punt for 33 yards.
Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Darlin spent two seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne, operating as the defensive tackles coach and recruiting coordinator. In his first season with the Bears, he coached a defensive front that held a league-leading rushing defense at 126.3 yards-per-game, and All-America DT Blake Baker.
That same season, Lenoir-Rhyne captured its fourth-straight South Atlantic Conference Championship, posting a record of 11-1 with a No. 8 national ranking.
Before Lenoir-Rhyne, Darlin spent three years as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater Oregon State, where he was a four-year letter-winner for the Beavers (2004-07). Helping lead the squad to three bowl victories, the middle linebacker had 152 tackles including 17.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks, and earned All-Pac-10 Second-Team honors as a senior.
Darlin was a SuperPrep All-America at Laguna Creek High School (Calif.) and played for the Monchengladbach Mavericks of the German Football League in 2010, leading the team to the championship with a record of 14-0.
He graduated from OSU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Alan and his wife Amy have a 2 year old son, Mack, and are expecting another this season.