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 Amelia have a son, Mack Darlin.