Vince Dooley

Vince Dooley

Vince Dooley
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Consultant
Team Kennesaw State
Biographical details
Born (1932-09-04) September 4, 1932
Mobile, Alabama
Playing career
1951–1953 Auburn
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1956–1963 Auburn (assistant)
1964–1988 Georgia
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1979–2004 Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall 201–77–10
Bowls 8–10–2
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1980)
6 SEC (1966, 1968, 1976, 1980–1982)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1976)
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1978)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1980)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1980)
Sporting News College Football COY (1980)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1980)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2001)
Carl Maddox Sport Management Award (2004)
UGA Circle of Honor (2004)
Homer Rice Award (2007)
"Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
5x SEC Coach of the Year (1966, 1968, 1976, 1978, 1980)
Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1994 (profile)

Vincent Joseph Dooley (born September 4, 1932) was the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award. Dooley's teams were known for their hard nosed defense and conservative yet fundamentally sound offenses. From 1964 to 1980, Dooley was notably assisted by his defensive coordinator, Erskine "Erk" Russell.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Family 3
  • Post-coaching career 4
  • Awards and honors 5
  • Head coaching record 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Sources 9
  • External links 10

Early life and education

Dooley grew up in Mobile, Alabama and attended the McGill Institute, administered by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Dooley competed on behalf of McGill's athletic teams, known as the Yellow Jackets, and for a few years considered basketball to be his best sport.

Dooley is a graduate of Auburn University (bachelor's degree 1954, Master's in history 1963) where he played college football and later coached under Ralph "Shug" Jordan. Dooley was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity as an undergraduate at Auburn. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Coaching career

After spending the first ten years of his adult life at Auburn, Dooley was hired as head coach at Georgia. In his 25 seasons, he averaged over eight wins a year, won six Bobby Dodd. Ironically, Dooley was influenced by Dodd's style and approach to the game, and he was the first recipient of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.[1][2][3] At the time of his retirement, he was the second-winningest coach in SEC history, behind only Bear Bryant.


University of North Carolina (from 1967 to 1977), Virginia Tech (from 1978 to 1986) and Wake Forest (from 1987 to 1992). In the 1971 Gator Bowl, played in Jacksonville, Florida, the two brothers found themselves on opposing sidelines.

Vince Dooley's son, LSU.[4]

Post-coaching career

After leading UGA to 201 victories, six SEC championships, and one national championship as head football coach, Dooley retired to focus on his post as athletic director, which he had held since 1979. Dooley built Georgia into one of the most successful athletic programs in America. During his time as athletic director he hired current football coach Mark Richt from Florida State University.[5] Dooley briefly pursued the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate in 1986. His wife, the former Barbara Meshad, ran in the Republican Party primary for U.S. House in 2002. Dooley is a member of the Gridiron Secret Society. On December 2, 2009, Kennesaw State University hired Dooley to begin working as a consultant to KSU in the school's drive to start a football program.

Another hobby of Dooley's is gardening, about which he has published a book.[6]

Dooley has also partnered with Mascot Books to publish 2 children's books about the UGA mascot, How 'Bout Them Dawgs! and Hairy Dawg's Journey Through the Peach State.

Dooley currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Curators for the Georgia Historical Society.

Awards and honors

Dooley was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association in 2001. In 2004 the U.S. Sports Academy presented Dooley with the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award, an award given annually to an individual for contribution to the growth and development of sports through management practices. Also in 2004 Dooley was inducted into UGA's Circle of Honor, which is the school's highest tribute to former athletes and coaches. In September 2007, Dooley was given the Homer Rice Award, the highest honor given by the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. In 2007, Dooley was honored as a Star of the South by Irish America magazine.

2011 Georgia Trustee. Given by the

External links

  • The New Georgia Encyclopedia (November 9, 2004). "Vince Dooley (b. 1932)". Retrieved 13 May 2005.


  1. ^ "Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation". Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Vince Dooley: A Conversation" (PDF). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tech's Legendary Coach Dodd Dedicated to Players, Winning". The Albany Herald. 1988-06-022. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (December 16, 2006). "Dolphins TE coach Dooley in talks with La. Tech". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  5. ^ Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia (Authorized Biography)
  6. ^ "Never a Bad Day". HOOTERS magazine. November/ December 2010. pp. 117-9.
  7. ^ "Georgia's New Trustees - Georgia Trend - February 2011 - Atlanta, GA". Georgia Trend. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 


See also

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Southeastern Conference) (1964–1988)
1964 Georgia 7–3–1 3–2 5th W Sun
1965 Georgia 6–4 2–3 8th 15
1966 Georgia 10–1 5–0 T–1st W Cotton 4 4
1967 Georgia 7–4 3–2 5th L Liberty 18
1968 Georgia 8–1–2 5–0–1 1st L Sugar 4 8
1969 Georgia 5–5–1 2–3–1 6th L Sun
1970 Georgia 5–5 3–3 T–5th
1971 Georgia 11–1 5–1 T–2nd W Gator 8 7
1972 Georgia 7–4 4–3 5th
1973 Georgia 7–4–1 3–4 T–5th W Peach
1974 Georgia 6–6 4–2 T–2nd L Tangerine
1975 Georgia 9–3 5–1 T–2nd L Cotton 19 19
1976 Georgia 10–2 5–1 1st L Sugar 10 10
1977 Georgia 5–6 2–4 T–6th
1978 Georgia 9–2–1 5–0–1 2nd L Bluebonnet 15 16
1979 Georgia 6–5 5–1 2nd
1980 Georgia 12–0 6–0 1st W Sugar 1 1
1981 Georgia 10–2 6–0 T–1st L Sugar 5 6
1982 Georgia 11–1 6–0 1st L Sugar 4 4
1983 Georgia 10–1–1 5–1 2nd W Cotton 4 4
1984 Georgia 7–4–1 4–2 T–3rd T Florida Citrus
1985 Georgia 7–3–2 3–2–1 5th T Sun
1986 Georgia 8–4 4–2 T–2nd L Hall of Fame
1987 Georgia 9–3 4–2 T–4th W Liberty 14 13
1988 Georgia 9–3 5–2 3rd W Gator 15 15
Georgia: 201–77–10 104–42–4
Total: 201–77–10
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Head coaching record

During a ceremony on 25 January 2013, he was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame. 2014 lifetime achievement award winner presented by: Southeastern Touchdown Club of Birmingham (Formerly known as Over the Mountain Touchdown Club). [7]