Vincent Joseph Dooley was the former 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 Parents: Meet William Dooley, Nellie Dooley
Vice Dooley was born to William Dooley (father) and Nellie Dooley (mother).
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.
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.