Coach Vince Dooley
Head Football Coach (1964-1988)
Athletic Director (1979-2003)
Vincent J. Dooley was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1932. He was recruited by Auburn University to play both basketball and football, and in 1954, he was chosen as a College All-Star. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp for two years before retiring to Auburn as an assistant coach.
Then, in 1963, University of Georgia President O.C. Aderhold hired Auburn’s basketball coach, Joel Eaves, to turn UGA’s football program around. Surprisingly, Eaves offered the job to Dooley, under whose direction UGA’s football program to be known as one of the best in the nation. Dooley served as head football coach from 1964-1988. He led the football team to win six SEC Championships, a National Championship in 1980, was named NCAA National Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1982, and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 1979, Dooley became the Athletic Director, a position he held through 2003. As Athletic Director and a great supporter of the University, Dooley has orchestrated many expansions and upgrading for the athletic department’s facilities as well as for continuing educational interests.
Dooley and his wife, Barbara, have four children and ten grandchildren.
Coach Dooley has been a man of great foresight in times of charting the future, stability in times of change and vision in critical times that have shaped the path of the college experience.
The Vincent J. Dooley Library Endowment Fund
On March 24, 1988, Vincent J. Dooley and Barbara Dooley established the Dooley Library Endowment Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide support and enhance the University of Georgia Library. Income from this fund is used for the purchase of books and materials and to support special activities for the Library.
You are welcome to help enhance this endowment. For more information, please contact Chantel Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org.