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The Grant Middle School Athletic Department is committed to providing the very best instruction and supervision to its athletes. It is the departments hope that your student-athlete will learn respect for the rules of the game, accept all of the officials decisions, and always display good sportsmanship regardless of the outcome.

It is also our hope that your student-athlete will have developed the necessary skill set to help him or her achieve his or her goal of participating in high school athletics.

Please be reminded that participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege. Your student must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 and be in good standing with the Grant Middle School administration.

Feel free to contact Coach Darling at tiffany.darling@aps.edu with any questions you may have concerning Grant Middle School Athletics.

Athletic Director Tiffany Darling

Coach Tiffany Darling

A familiar face in Tiffany Darling takes over as the Athletic Director for the 2016-17 school year after spending last year as the 7th grade Health teacher and Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Grant. Darling will also be a member of the Physical Education Department and AVID Site Team for the Eagles.

Darling came to Grant after spending the previous 12 years coaching collegiate basketball. Six of those years she was at the helm at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. During her time at NMHU, Darling guided the program to four seasons of 12+ wins. In the two years prior to her arrival, the NMHU women's basketball team had compiled a 2-52 record. The shift towards success was highlighted by two victories over NCAA Division I ranked opponents (Northern Arizona University & eventual conference champions in that same season, Utah Valley University). Academically her program earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0, produced 11 Academic All-RMAC selections, a RMAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the school's first-ever RMAC Academic Player of the Year in 2012-13. During her tenure at NMHU, Darling also produced a RMAC scoring leader and a RMAC Defensive Player of the Year. Active in the community, she originated multiple fundraising activities and created corporate sponsorship and partnerships with local banks and restaurants for all instructional camps and Breast Cancer Awareness events.

Prior to NMHU, Darling served as the head women's basketball coach at Peninsula Junior College (Wash.) from 2006-08 and at the Warden School District (Wash.) from 2002-04. While at Warden she taught P.E. and Health Education grades 6-12 and served as the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach. In two years, she brought a Conference and District Championship to Warden for the first time in school history. Darling was named Coach of the Year for her efforts in turning around the program.

Adding to her depth of experience, she was the top assistant coach at Saint Martin's University (Wash.) from 2004-06. At Saint Martin's, Darling also served in the capacity of Senior Women's Administrator, Sports Information Director, and Adjunct Instructor in the Exercise Science Department. Darling was a part of one of the most successful teams in school’s history. This team recorded 20+ wins, earned a top 4 ranking in the NCAA West Region, and qualified for the NCAA National Tournament advancing to the 2nd round. Darling, being in charge of academics, helped guide the team to the third highest GPA (3.63) in all of NCAA, Division I, II, and III proving that academics and athletics do not need to be mutually exclusive. In the fall of 2016, Darling was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame as a member of the coaching staff of this historic team.

Darling, a native of Fife, Washington, earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from Central Washington University and a M.A. in Athletic Administration and Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University. She holds active membership in both the Alliance of Women's Coaches and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).