Basketball Coaching Staff

2020-2021 Boys Varsity Basketball Coaching Staff


Head Varsity Basketball Coach

Aaron Darling

Colleges Attended: Reinhardt University (Undergrad) – Played 4 years of Basketball, Liberty University (Masters)

Teaching Position:  IRR/Social Studies Teacher

Years at River Ridge: 2 years

Total Years Coaching: 10 years

Previous Coaching Experience:  JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at Sequoyah High School in Canton, GA for 2011-2014, Varsity Assistant at Cambridge High School in Milton, GA 2014-2019.

Playing Experience: Coach Darling graduated high school in the Dallas, TX area and was a All-State player upon graduation. After High School Coach Darling went on to play four years of college basketball at the NAIA school Reinhardt College (now Reinhardt University). He was an All-Academic and All-Conference player at Reinhardt.

Family: Coach Darling is married to Meagan Darling for over 6 years. Meagan is currently a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) at Healthy Steps Pediatrics in Marietta, GA.  Coach Darling and his wife have two children; A son named Parker (4 years old) and a daughter named Adalie (1 year old).

 Varsity Assistant Coach

Brandon Smith

Colleges Attended: University of Georgia (Graduated in 2010)

Teaching Position: SPED IRR with Social Studies and Lit

Years at River Ridge: 2nd Year

Total Years Coaching: Coached High School for 8 years

Previous Coaching Experience: River Ridge High School (2019-Present) Varsity Boys Asst. Coach; Cambridge High School (2014-2019) Varsity Boys Asst. Coach, JV Boys Head Coach, 9th Boys Head Coach; Lambert High School (2011-2014) JV Boys Coach and Girls Varsity Asst. Coach

Family: Wife: Bethany (Married for 6+ Years), Daughter: Leighton (3.5 years old), Son: Eason (2 year old)


JV Head Basketball Coach & Varsity Asst.

Josh Cooper

Colleges Attended:  Reinhardt University

Teaching Position:  Resource Math

Years at River Ridge: 2 years

Total Years Coaching: 7 years

Previous Coaching Experience:  AAU travel teams with Cherokee Legacy and TSF for one season. Freedom Middle School 7th and 8th grade boys for three years.

Playing Experience:  Played at Reinhardt University from 2011-2015

Family:  I recently got married back in April of 2019. I have come from a big family with 8 siblings.


Freshmen Head Coach

Matthew Kealhofer

Colleges Attended: George Town College and West Georgia

Teaching Position:  History

Years at River Ridge: 5th year

Total Years Coaching: 12

Previous Coaching Experience:  Johnson High School and Windsor Forrest High School

Playing Experience:  3 year College Football

Family: Wife Theresa, Sons Tatum, Bryant, Emmett, and Daughter Josephine.