PHILADELPHIA - Edward Darrah
, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a Board Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors, joined the Temple Athletics staff as a Mental Health & Performance Counselor in November, 2018. With the appointment, Darrah joins Dr. Stephany Coakley
, Sr. Associate AD for Mental Health, Wellness, and Performance, as the second full-time staff member in the department.
"I am very excited to announce that Ed Darrah will be joining our TUWell team," said Coakley. "Ed's experience as a former student-athlete, and expertise as a clinician adds another dimension to our service provision. Furthermore, the addition of another full-time clinician will enable our athletic department to expand its mental health services to our student-athletes."
"I am very grateful to join the athletics staff at Temple University
," said Darrah. "It is a wonderful opportunity to assist Dr. Coakley in further developing the department's Mental Health, Wellness, and Performance program. I look forward to supporting the student-athlete population, coaches, and staff."
Darrah, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Neumann University in 2009, also played Division III baseball during his tenure. Upon graduation, he completed an internship that focused on sport performance within a private practice in Bethlehem, Pa.
Subsequently, Darrah attended La Salle University, graduating with a master's in clinical counseling-psychology with a concentration in organizational consulting, in May, 2012. He completed his practicum at Amtrak within the company's Employee Assistant Program in New York City. His clinical internship was at Northeastern Health Services (NHS) and consisted of long-term counseling for individuals and families of Delaware County. In addition to his graduate work and clinical placements, Darrah worked as an assistant baseball coach at Arcadia University for two seasons.
Darrah came to Temple with a robust background in mental health counseling and sport performance. Most notably, Darrah has owned and operated a private practice on the Main Line since 2015. Within his practice at Edward Darrah
Counseling & Athlete Wellness, he has worked with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, focusing on wellness and sport performance. Over the past three years, Darrah has provided athlete wellness and performance workshops and talks for the First Tee Foundation, AAU Baseball Teams and varsity teams on the Main Line. This past spring, he was invited to join as a panelist at the Northeast Atlantic Sport Psychology Conference at Temple University
to discuss the topic of Athlete Wellness.