Vince Dooley Biography
Vince Dooley was born on September 4th, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama. He attended McGill Institute for high school before attending Auburn University in college. At Auburn, he played football and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor's Degree. He would return to the university to get a Master's Degree in history later.
Vince Dooley was one of a rare breed of head coach in that he only was a head coach for one university for his entire career. He coached the Georgia Bulldogs for 25 years before finally hanging up his coach's hat. During his time as the head coach of the Bulldogs, he won 6 SEC conference titles, which was an amazing feat for someone with no head coaching experience to accomplish. The biggest prize, however, was in the year of 1980, when Dooley led his team to a National Championship. His entire record as the Georgia Head Coach was 201-77-10, which are mammoth career numbers for most people. He only went 8-10-2 in bowl games, but the many championships that he brought to the program more than made up for any postseason losses.
After Dooley finished his head coaching career, he was promoted to Georgia's Athletic Director, where he successfully turned the Georgia Bulldogs programs into the massively successful athletics programs that they are today. Dooley still works with the Georgia program, and is always willing to help the program in any way necessary.
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After he completed his tenure as athletic director, Dooley went on to dabble in many aspects of American society. He tried his hand at politics first by trying to secure the Democratic Party's nomination in the United States Senate in 1986, but was unfortunately not elected. Dooley also began to work with people in publishing children's books that prominently feature Georgia's mascot Hairy Dawg.
Vince Dooley has won many awards in his lifetime, the biggest being the AFCA Coach of the Year award in 1980, the year he led the Bulldogs to their only National Title. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Dooley has been honored many times over for his contributions to the sporting world as well.
Vince Dooley has always had coaching in his blood, and he has passed it down to his son, Derek Dooley as well. Derek, in his first season as Tennessee's Head Coach, led the Volunteers to an improbable bowl birth. This just goes to show that the Dooley line has deep roots in not only coaching, but coaching in the best conference in the nation in the SEC.
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