Vince Dooley

Vincent Joseph Dooley (born September 4, 1932) was the head football coach (seasons 1964 through 1988) and athletic director (1979 to 2004) at the University of Georgia. During his 25-year coaching career at UGA, Dooley compiled a 201–77–10 record. His teams won six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship. After the 1980 season, Dooley was recognized as college football's "Coach of the Year" by several organizations, including the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, whose annual award has since been renamed as 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 assisted by his defensive coordinator, Erskine "Erk" Russell.

Vince Dooley
Current position
TeamKennesaw State
Biographical details
BornSeptember 4, 1932 (age 86)
Mobile, Alabama
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1956–1963Auburn (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
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)
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (1984)
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)

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 Southeastern Conference championships (1966, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982) and one National Championship in 1980. After the 1980 national championship season, Vince Dooley was offered the head coaching position at Auburn, encouraged by his former Auburn teammate and Alabama Governor Fob James. However, Dooley eventually declined the job, which went to Georgia alumnus Pat Dye. In his first three seasons at Georgia, Vince Dooley went 3–0 versus Georgia Tech's 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.


Bill Dooley, Vince's younger brother, worked on the Georgia Bulldogs football staff before becoming a notable college Head Coach in his own right at the University of North Carolina (from 1967 to 1977), Virginia Tech (from 1978 to 1986) and Wake Forest (from 1987 to 1992). In the December 1971 Gator Bowl, played in Jacksonville, Florida, the two brothers found themselves on opposing sidelines.

Vince's son, Derek Dooley, is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Missouri. Derek is a former head football coach at both the University of Tennessee (from 2010 to 2012) and Louisiana Tech University (from 2007 to 2009). Derek also served as athletics director during his time at Louisiana Tech (from 2008 to 2010). He is also a former assistant coach for the NFL's Miami Dolphins, the University of Georgia, and LSU.[4]

Post-coaching career

After leading UGA to 201 victories, 6 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 former 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 two children's books about the UGA mascot, How 'Bout Them Dawgs! and Hairy Dawg's Journey Through the Peach State.

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

Awards and honors

Dooley was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, and 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.

Dooley won the 2011 Georgia Trustee. Given by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to individuals whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752.[7] During a ceremony on January 25, 2013, he was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1964–1988)
1964 Georgia 7–3–1 4–2 T–2nd W Sun
1965 Georgia 6–4 3–3 T–6th 15
1966 Georgia 10–1 6–0 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 Astro-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 or championship game berth

See also


  1. ^ "Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation". Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  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 June 15, 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (December 16, 2006). "Dolphins TE coach Dooley in talks with La. Tech". Retrieved April 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia (Authorized Biography)". Archived from the original on November 16, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  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.


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1953 Auburn Tigers football team

The 1953 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1953 college football season. It was the Tigers' 62nd overall and 21st season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan, in his third year, and played their home games at Cliff Hare Stadium in Auburn, the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery and Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. They finished with a record of seven wins, three losses and one tie (7–3–1 overall, 4–2–1 in the SEC) and with a loss to Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.

1954 Gator Bowl (January)

The 1954 Gator Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 1954, at Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the ninth annual playing of the Gator Bowl. The game pitted the Texas Tech Red Raiders against the Auburn Tigers

1966 Cotton Bowl Classic (December)

The 1966 Cotton Bowl (Dec.) was a college football postseason bowl game played by the SMU Mustangs and the Georgia Bulldogs in Dallas. The 1967 game was moved to Saturday, December 31, 1966, due to the Dallas Cowboys hosting the NFL Championship Game at the stadium on New Year's Day, the usual day for the Classic. Because January 1 was a Sunday, the Sugar, Orange, and Rose Bowls were played on Monday, January 2.

1981 Sugar Bowl

The 1981 edition to the Sugar Bowl was played on January 1, 1981, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It featured the top-ranked and undefeated Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference, and the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In the first quarter, Notre Dame scored first on a 50-yard Oliver field goal. Another Notre Dame scoring opportunity in the first quarter was foiled when Bulldog freshman Terry Hoage blocked a field goal. Hoage had been a last minute addition to the roster by coach Vince Dooley for his kick blocking ability. Due to good field position Georgia's Rex Robinson would eventually boot a 46-yard field goal of his own to tie the game at 3.

On the ensuing kickoff, a communication gaffe between the Irish's deep return players resulted in neither one fielding the kick which bounced at the one-yard line and was recovered by Georgia's Bob Kelly. Two plays later, Bulldog running back Herschel Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as Georgia led 10–3. In the second quarter, Walker scored on a 3-yard run making the score 17–3 at halftime.

The only score in the second half came in the third quarter; Notre Dame scored on a 1-yard run to close the margin to 17–10. Georgia's defense held on to that lead, giving Georgia the victory and the 1980 national championship.

True freshman Walker rushed for 150 yards and was named Sugar Bowl MVP. Bulldog defensive back Scott Woerner made several key plays throughout the day including a late game interception that sealed the win. Georgia was first in both final polls.

1982 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1982 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The offense scored 338 points while the defense allowed 160 points. Led by head coach Vince Dooley, the top ranked Bulldogs lost to number two Penn State 23-27 in the Sugar Bowl.

Bill Lewis (American football coach)

William J. "Bill" Lewis (born August 5, 1941) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming (1977–1979), East Carolina University (1989–1991), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (1992–1994), compiling a career college football record of 45–52–2. Lewis was a defensive assistant at many schools and most notably served as an assistant to Vince Dooley at the University of Georgia, helping win a National Championship in 1980.

Bill Pace

Bill Pace (February 14, 1932 – May 14, 1990) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Vanderbilt University from 1967 to 1972, compiling a record of 22–38–3. Pace also served as the athletic director at Vanderbilt from January 1, 1971 until he resigned on January 15, 1973. Pace later served as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots in 1973. Beginning in 1974, Pace served as offensive coordinator under Vince Dooley at the University of Georgia installing the veer offense. Pace ended his coaching career as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for Johnny Majors at the University of Tennessee in the 1980 and 1981.

Damon Evans

Damon M. Evans is the athletics director/chief financial officer at the University of Maryland. Since October 2017, Evans has served as the interim athletic director at Maryland and in June 2018, was named the permanent athletic director.After graduating from Gainesville High School in Hall County, Georgia, Evans played football for UGA, and graduated from the Terry College of Business in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in finance. He earned his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in sports management from UGA in 1994.

Evans was an intern with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1993 as a compliance and academic affairs assistant, then served as director of compliance and operations at the University of Missouri in 1994. In 1995, Evans returned to the SEC as the director of compliance and was promoted to assistant commissioner for compliance in 1997. He returned to UGA as an associate athletics director in 1998.

Evans served from 1998 to 2001 as a member of the NCAA Division 1-A management council and as chair of the UGA academic task force in charge of reviewing academic credentials of prospective student-athletes. He became senior associate athletics director in 2000. In December 2003, UGA president Michael F. Adams announced that Evans would succeed long-time AD and former Bulldogs coach Vince Dooley on July 1, 2004.

As of 2006, the University of Georgia Athletic Association comprised 19 intercollegiate teams, over 500 student-athletes, a $65 million budget and a 250-person staff. For fiscal 2005, the Athletic Association had the largest operating profit among collegiate athletic programs at US$23.9 Million from a gross profit of US$68.8 Million. SportsBusiness Journal, citing Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act forms, said UGA reported $67.05 million in football revenue in 2007–2008, second only to the University of Texas ($72.95 million).

In October 2017, Evans was named interim athletic director at the University of Maryland after former athletic director, Kevin Anderson, announced he would take a six-month sabbatical leave. On June 25th, 2018, Evans was named permanent athletic director by the university.

Derek Dooley (American football)

Derek Dooley (born June 10, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Missouri.

He served as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee from 2010 to 2012 and Louisiana Tech University from 2007 to 2009. From 2008 to 2009 Dooley was the only head football coach in the country who also served as the university’s athletics director. In 2008, Dooley led Louisiana Tech to its first postseason victory in 30 years and was named the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming a head coach, he was an assistant coach for Nick Saban for seven years, which included a BCS National Championship at LSU in 2003.Before embarking on his coaching career, Dooley practiced law at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.


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Kevin Dooley, comics editor

Kevin J. Dooley, American scholar and professor

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Michael Dooley, Seventh Catholic Bishop of Dunedin (2018 - present)

Mike Dooley, New Zealand musician

Norval Dooley, Australian Army officer and solicitor

Paul Dooley, American actor

Ray Dooley, American actor

Shaun Dooley, British actor

Stacey Dooley, British TV journalist

Taylor Dooley, American actress

Terence Dooley, Irish author and professor of Irish History at Maynooth University

Thomas Dooley (born 1961), German-American soccer player

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Florida–Georgia football rivalry

The Florida–Georgia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The game was first played in 1915, and has been played every season since 1926, except for a war-time interruption in 1943. This match-up between Southeastern Conference opponents is one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football, and has been held in Jacksonville, Florida since 1933, with only two exceptions, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries in college football. The game attracts huge crowds to Jacksonville, and the associated tailgating and other events earned it the nickname of the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party", although that name is no longer used officially.

This high-intensity rivalry has gone through several periods in which one team has been dominant for a decade or more. Georgia dominated the early rivalry, while Florida held an advantage in the 1950s and 1960s. Georgia won most of the games in the 1970s and 80s under coach Vince Dooley, and Florida dominated the 1990s and 2000s, mostly under coach Steve Spurrier. The years since 2010 (inclusive) have been unusually even, with Georgia holding a 5-4 edge in the decade as of the 2018 contest.

George Haffner

George Haffner is a former American football player and coach.

Born in Chicago, Haffner prepped at football powerhouse Mount Carmel High School. While at the University of Notre Dame in 1960, Haffner was awarded the starting quarterback job by head coach Joe Kuharich. His first game was an impressive 21–17 victory over California. However, the team finished the season with 2–8 record, and after losing the starting job to Daryle Lamonica, Haffner transferred to McNeese State University.

Following his graduation, Haffner was selected by the Baltimore Colts with the final pick in the 1965 NFL Draft. His professional career ended with the Norfolk Neptunes of the Continental Football League, after which he returned to the college ranks as a coach.

Haffner spent 31 years on various coaching staffs at NCAA Division I schools including 22 years as an offensive coordinator under such renowned head coaches as Bobby Bowden, Johnny Majors and Vince Dooley. While at the University of Georgia, he won a national championship and three conference championships and coached Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. During his career, he coached at Iowa State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, Georgia, Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor. He retired as the offensive coordinator Mary Hardin–Baylor on February 1, 2006.

Georgia Bulldogs football

The Georgia Bulldogs football program represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games at historic Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus. Georgia's inaugural season was in 1892. UGA claims two consensus national championships (1942 and 1980); the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion once (1980); Georgia has also been named the National Champion by at least one polling authority in four other seasons (1920, 1927, 1946 and 1968). The Bulldogs have won 15 conference championships, including 13 SEC championships (tied for second-most all-time), and have appeared in 55 bowl games, tied for second-most all-time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, four number-one National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards. The team is known for its storied history, unique traditions, and rabid fan base, known as the "Bulldog Nation". Georgia has won over 800 games in their history, placing them 11th all-time in wins.

Georgia Bulldogs football under Vince Dooley

Vince Dooley was the 22nd head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs college football team and served in that role from 1964 to 1988. He compiled a 201–77–10 record (.715 winning percentage).

Coaching Summary

History of Georgia Bulldogs football

The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia in American football.

List of Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs championships

The University of Georgia Bulldogs have fielded competitive sports teams since 1892. Since that time, teams and individuals have earned honor and glory through conference and national championships. To date, the Bulldogs have amassed 43 national championships and 136 conference championships, 134 earned through the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and two via the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).

List of Georgia Bulldogs head football coaches

The Georgia Bulldogs college football team represents the University of Georgia in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Bulldogs compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The school has had 26 head coaches since it began play during the 1892 season. Kirby Smart is the current head coach of the bulldogs.

The team has played more than 1,200 games over 118 seasons of Georgia football. Six coaches have led the Bulldogs to postseason bowl games: Wally Butts, Vince Dooley, Ray Goff, Jim Donnan, Mark Richt, and Kirby Smart. Five coaches also won conference championships: Herman Stegeman won one as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Butts, Dooley, Richt, and Smart won a combined thirteen as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Butts and Dooley each won a national championship with the Bulldogs.Dooley is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 201 victories during his 25 years with the Bulldogs. Robert Winston has the highest winning percentage with a record of 5–1 (.833), and Charles A. Barnard has the lowest winning percentage at 1–5 (.167). Four of the team's coaches—Pop Warner, Butts, Dooley and Donnan—have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ray Goff

Ray Goff (born July 10, 1955) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Georgia from 1989 to 1995, compiling a record of 46–34–1.

Southeastern Conference football individual awards

Coaches and media of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) bestow the following individual awards at the end of each college football season.

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