Dr. Terry Darling has been the men's tennis head coach at Spring Arbor University since 1980. Darling has won many coaching awards over the years, including the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Mid-Central Conference (MCC) Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2011. He also received NAIA Region VIII Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2012. He has led his teams to numerous national tournaments, twice placing third in the NCCAA national event and finishing as the runner-up in 2012. Just so he won't forget what it is like to be a player, Darling continues to play in tournament competition.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Darling teaches in and has been chair of the psychology department at Spring Arbor University for more than 15 years. He is the recipient of various academic awards including the Teaching Excellence Award and the Faculty Merit Award. He has special interest in the area of positive psychology, a sub-discipline of psychology in which the focus is on helping individuals achieve their greatest sense of well-being and contentment.
Darling and his wife, Mary, have two sons, David and Michael, both graduates of SAU. David earned his degree in 2013 while Michael graduated in 2015.