Former Georgia Football Head Coach Vince Dooley Dead at 90

Vince Dooley Dead at 90

UGA Sports Information has announced the passing of beloved and renowned Georgia head coach Vince Dooley. Dooley turned 90 on September 4 of last year, which was less than two months ago.

Vince Dooley Dead at 90

In 1964, Vince Dooley transferred from his alma university, Auburn, to Georgia, where he spent 25 years as the team’s head football coach.

He compiled a record of 201-77-10 while leading the Bulldogs to six Southeastern Conference titles and one National Championship. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, named after the previous Georgia Tech head coach, was given to Dooley for the first time ever in 1976.

In his first three seasons as UGA’s head coach, Dooley had a perfect record against Dodd.

Vince Dooley also earned numerous other honors during his time as the leader for Georgia’s football program, taking home AFCA Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year, and Walter Camp Coach of the Year all in 1980. Dooley also received the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

In addition to his time at Georgia as head coach, Vince Dooley also served as the school’s Athletics Director.

 

He held that post from 1979 to 2004, overseeing the hiring of three head football coaches and numerous leaders of other programs during that time.

The passing of Vince Dooley comes on the heals of another UGA legend’s death. Charley Trippi passed away at the age of 100 on October 19.

Dooley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, and four children, Deanna, Daniel, Denise, and Derek.