Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Farewell to Former Morehouse Coach Henry "Hank" Darlington
ATLANTA- Henry “Hank” Darlington, a coach of multiple disciplines including football, track & field, golf and gymnastics, passed away December 15 in Huntsville Alabama. He was 84.
Darlington came to Morehouse College in 1957 after returning to his alma mater West Virginia State University in 1954. A member of the school’s ROTC, Darlington served for nearly two years as an artillery officer in the US Army. It was both in the military and at WVSU that he honed his athletic skills which began in his home town of Augusta, Georgia where he excelled in football and track.
He received his first coaching job at Morehouse, replacing the school’s athletic director, Frank Forbes, as head track coach.
In 1968, Darlington added another position to his resume by becoming Morehouse’s 10th head football coach. In five years, Darlington posted a record of 17-24-2 which included two .500 finishes of 3-3-2 in 1968 and 4-4 in his final season . He stepped aside as head coach in 1972, handing the gavel to Frank Merchant who was his defensive coordinator. Darlington stayed at Morehouse for several more seasons to spend more time developing the school’s gymnastics program.
Darlington’s homegoing was December 21 at Huntsville’s Union Mission Missionary Baptist Church.
SIAC BASKETBALL- Divisional leaders in the SIAC minus one will be away from their home gyms for several days as the new year dawns and crucial conference play begins.
Benedict, leading the east as of January 1, won’t be hosting anybody until January 7 when they face LeMoyne-Owen. Three days later, the Tigers will host SIAC west leader Lane.
Speaking of the Dragons, their first game before local fans won’t be until the 21st vs. Tuskegee. Then Lane goes on a two game road swing before returning home to host Central State on February 8th.
Claflin, east division leader among the ladies, won’t be back in Orangeburg, South Carolina until the 9th against LeMoyne-Owen and western division leader Tuskegee lucked out by starting January with four games at home, ending on the 12th when they host Spring Hill.
Here in ”Hotlanta”, Clark-Atlanta , 5th in the east, returns to the local hardwood on the 5th against Central State, then Kentucky State on the 7th. Morehouse, second in the eastern division and with the best overall of both divisions (6-2), hosts Kentucky State on the 5th, then they follow up two nights later against Central State before the locals at 3pm. The ladies of Clark-AU will entertain Central State on the 5th and then take on KSU , Gametime for the latter is at 3pm
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