Long-Time Nebraska Assistant Joins Herd Staff
HUNTINGTON, WV -- Marshall University head football coach Bob Pruett made a quick decision with regard to replacing the departed Phil Elmassian on his coaching staff.
Pruett has named former Nebraska assistant George Darlington to fill the spot vacated when Elmassian left for Purdue. Darlington, a Charleston, WV, native, has spent the last 30 seasons as a Cornhuskers assistant coach. For the last 17 years he has been in charge of the famed “Black Shirt” secondary.
“George brings a wealth of coaching experience to our program,” Pruett said. “He has been a big part of arguably the top program in college football for the last 30 years and will be a great asset to our program at Marshall.”
During his tenure at Nebraska he helped send 29 players to the NFL and he coached seven All-Americans. Four times in the last seven seasons his pass defense ranked among the top 10 in the nation and, during his 17 seasons coaching the secondary, the Huskers’ pass defense never ranked lower than 37th in the nation.
In addition to his tenure with the Nebraska secondary, Darlington coached the Huskers’ defensive ends from 1973-85.
Darlington was a recipient of a 1998 All-American Football Foundation “Top Assistant Award.” In the summer of 2000, West Virginia honored him with the first-ever Frank Loria Award for distinguishment in the coaching profession. The award is named for the former Marshall assistant coach who was killed in the 1971 plane crash.
During his career in Lincoln he was responsible for recruiting the many talented players that came to play for the Cornhuskers from California, Hawaii and all along the west coast.
Before joining legendary coach Tom Osborne’s staff in 1973, Darlington spent four seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose State. He started his collegiate coaching career at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) College, followed by one year at Dartmouth before going to San Jose State.
A 1961 graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in history and physical education, Darlington earned his master’s degree from Stanford in 1962. While at Rutgers, Darlington lettered three times in football and twice in lacrosse, earning third-team All-America honors in 1961. George and his wife, Susan, have three children, Lisa, David and Julia, and four grandchildren.
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