The University of Georgia
Head Football Coach, 1964-88; Director of Athletics, 1979-2004
The University of Georgia
Head Football Coach, 1964-88; Director of Athletics, 1979-2004
Since 1963, over 40 years, Vince Dooley has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference, and collegiate athletics across the country. Serving as head football coach at UGA from December, 1963, to Jan. 1, 1988, and as Director of Athletics from 1979-2004, he 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 college athletics.
His national stature has been great and was reinforced in 2004 as he was named recipient of the James J. Corbett Memorial Award presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment." The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.
Almost simultaneously, he was also named recipient of the John L. Toner Award presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame to an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics, particularly college football. In 2003, he was chosen from athletic leaders around the country to chair a national sportsmanship summit. In 2006, Dooley and wife Barbara, were chosen as recipients of the Wooden Award presented by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for their lifetime contributions to sports and community service. He also received in 2007 the Homer Rice Award presented by the Division 1-A Athletic Directors Association to a retired athletic director with a distinguished career and who has made a significant impact on the Director of Athletics profession and intercollegiate athletics.
His contributions to the University were recognized in 2008 with the dedication of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex on Nov. 29, 2008. A special statue and garden commemorate his accomplishments along with the naming of all the south campus athletic facilities in his honor.
His contributions to coaching and athletics administration are significantly defined by his place as the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Dooley's 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history. He guided the Bulldogs to a career record of 201-77-10 becoming only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The Bulldogs won one national championship (1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction. He took his teams to 20 Bowl games and coached a Heisman Trophy winner (Herschel Walker, 1982), a Maxwell Award Winner (Walker, 1982), an Outland Award Winner (Bill Stanfill, 1968), 40 First Team All-Americans and 10 Academic All-Americans.
He was named NCAA National Coach of the Year by every major poll in 1980 and by Chevrolet-WTBS in 1982. A former president of the American Football Coaches Association, Dooley was named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and NCAA District Coach of the Year on six occasions. During his tenure, seven of his players earned the prestigious National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship and 11 former players received the equally-coveted NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Seventy-seven of his players earned Academic All-SEC recognition. He holds the unique distinction of being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in two different states, Georgia and Alabama. Dooley is a 1994 inductee into the National College Football Hall of Fame and in 2001 was named recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from American Football Coaches Association presented for lifetime contributions to the sport of football.
As Director of Athletics, his leadership translated onto the fields of competition as well. There is no stronger indicator of Georgia's overall athletic prominence than its success in the annual Directors Cup national competition which annually measures athletic success of schools across the country. Under Dooley, Georgia's final rankings include a second place finish in the 1998-99 season, third place finish in 2000-01, fifth place in 2003-04 and top ten finishes in five of his final seven years as Director of Athletics. In his final year as Athletic Director (2003-04), Georgia was the SEC recipient of the first ever Excellence in Athletics Cup, an award based on a total athletic program performance in eight distinct categories.
Under his watch as athletic director (since 1979), Georgia teams won 23 national championships (ten in his final six years) including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (women's swimming, gymnastics, men's tennis, men's golf). During Dooley's tenure Georgia athletic teams won 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men's and women's sports.
He was also been a standard-bearer for academic excellence. Under his leadership, more than 100 Georgia student-athletes were named first team Academic All-America, more than 50 received NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships, seven have been named recipients of the SEC's Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, seven NCAA Top Eight Award winners, three NCAA Woman of the Year recipients, two Walter Byers Award winners, and well over $275,000 has been awarded to the University's general scholarship fund through performances by Georgia student-athletes.
In 1985, Dooley was also instrumental in fostering the pledge which has resulted in $2 million being contributed by the Athletic Association to the University -- the principal being used for non-athletic scholarships and the interest used in the recruitment of top students and other non-athletic programs. These funds also provided private matching money which made possible the construction of the chemistry building expansion and the Performing and Visual Arts Center. And as part of the University's Third Century Campaign, he also initiated the Vincent J. Dooley Library Endowment Fund which was created with Coach Dooley's personal gift of $100,000 to the University library. Under his leadership, the Fund raised over $2.3 million and had a fund balance of almost $4 million in 2005 - the fifth largest out of the more than 1,000 endowments held by the UGA Foundation.
In addition to his commitment to Georgia's athletic facilities, he was instrumental in the Athletic Association's participation in the University's Ramsey Student Activities Center, a facility rated by Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the top student physical activities building in America. It cost more than $35 million, over $7 million of which was funded by the Athletic Association including $2 million in advance to begin the project. The complex, which hosted the 1999 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, includes competition facilities for varsity swimming and volleyball and practice arenas for basketball and gymnastics.
His community service and charity work is extensive and includes work with the Heart Fund, Multiple Sclerosis, Juvenile Diabetes, Boy Scouts, the homeless, and he is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He has served 28 years as the long-standing chairman of the Georgia Easter Seals Society and in 1987 was named National Volunteer of the Year for his service. For his many contributions, a new Easter Seals facility in Atlanta was built and named for him in 1990. He and his wife, Barbara, co-chaired a fund-raising campaign to establish a Catholic high school in the Athens and northeast Georgia area. Dooley, who was instrumental in the University's campus being designated as an arboretum, was presented with the Georgia Urban Forest Council's 2001 Individual Achievement Award given for significant accomplishments in promoting urban forestry in Georgia.
He served six years on the Advisory Committee to the Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee and was in Tokyo with his former player, ACOG president Billy Payne, when Atlanta won the bid to host the 1996 Games. Through his efforts and association with Payne, Dooley helped secure for Athens and the university three Olympic venues (soccer, volleyball, and rhythmic gymnastics) which was the largest number of events in a city outside Atlanta. Dooley was selected as a torch bearer in the 1996 Summer Olympics torch relay receiving the flame from Payne in Sanford Stadium. He also chaired a successful million dollar fund raising campaign for new Salvation Army facilities in Athens.
Dooley was born into an athletic family in the Alabama coastal city of Mobile, September 4, 1932. His younger brother Bill, former head football coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest, was an All-SEC guard at Mississippi State in 1954. After graduating from McGill High in Mobile, Dooley accepted a football scholarship to Auburn where he was an all-star football an basketball player. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management (í54) and Masters in History (1963). After serving in the Marines and as an assistant coach at Auburn, he was named head coach of the Bulldogs in December, 1963, at the age of 31. Dooley still maintains his academic and continuing education interests by auditing classes at the University in such disciplines as history, political science, art history, and horticulture.
Dooley is married to the former Barbara Meshad of Birmingham. They have four children: Deanna (Mrs. Lindsey Cook), Daniel (married to the former Suzanne Maher), Denise (Mrs. Jay Douglas Mitchell), and Derek (married to the former Allison Jeffers). The Dooleys also have eleven grandchildren: Patrick, Catherine and Christopher Cook; Michael and Matthew Dooley (Daniel and Suzanne); Ty, Joe and Cal Mitchell; and John Taylor, Peyton, and Julianna Elizabeth Dooley (Derek and Allison Dooley).
Facilities prominent in his tenure......
* Seven Sanford Stadium expansion projects, including 77 SkySuites and a $25 million expansion completed in 2004, raising capacity to 92,746 fifth largest in the country.
* $12 million Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall
* $7.5 million toward Ramsey Center which houses swimming and volleyball competition arenas and gymnastics practice gym.
* $4.5 million Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall expansion and renovation
* $7.5 million Rankin Smith, Sr., Student-Athlete Academic Center
* $2 million Spec Towns Track grandstand
* $3.5 million baseball stadium
* $7.5 million Stegeman Coliseum renovations
* $8 million softball/soccer complex
Award Winning Athletic Director
* 2009 recipient of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
* 2007 Homer Rice Award presented by the Division 1-A Athletic Directors Association.
* 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from Atlanta Sports Council
* 2006 recipient of the Wooden Award presented by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame
* 2005 Francis J. "Reds" Bagnell Award Contributions to the Game of Football by the Maxwell Club
* 2005 Bob Woodruff Award for outstanding contributions to college athletics by the Knoxville, Tenn., Quarterback Club
* 2004 James J. Corbett Award recipient from NACDA
* 2004 John L. Toner Award from National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
* 2004 Contributions to College Football Award presented by National College Football Awards Association and ESPN
* 2004 Selected to Georgia Trend Magazine Hall of Fame.
* 2000 Named by Georgia Trend Magazine one of Top 100 Georgians of the Century.
* 2001 NACDA Division 1-A Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.
* 1984 "Georgian of the Year" by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.
* 1984 "Sports Administrator of the Year" by the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Standard Bearer for Academic Excellence
* Over 100 Academic All-Americans
* Over 50 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients
* 10 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipients
* Seven NCAA Top Eight Award Winners
* Seven SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners
*Three NCAA Woman of the Year winners, more than any school in the country
Hall of Fame Football Coach
* Inducted into College Hall of Fame in 1994
* 2001 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from American Football Coaches Association for lifetime contributions to the sport of football.
* 25 seasons (1964-88)
* 20 Bowl Games
* 201 victories ranked third nationally among active coaches at time of his retirement
* 1980 National Championship
* Six SEC Championships (1966, '68, '76, '80, '81, '82)
*1980 and '82 NCAA National Coach of the Year
* SEC Coach of the Year seven times
* State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
* State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
* Sun Bowl Hall of Fame
* Georgia-Florida game Hall of Fame
* Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame
Long Tradition of Service
Chair, NCAA Football Issues Committee (2002-05)
Chairman, National Sportsmanship/Fan Behavior Summit (2003)
Honors Court, National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (1997-2002)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year selection committeePast President, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), 1999
Broyles Award Assistant Coach of the Year committee
Broyles Award Assistant Coach of the Year committee
Past President, NCAA Division 1-A Athletic Directors (1995)
Past President, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), 1985
Past Chairman, American Football Coaches Assoc. Ethics Comm.
Past Chairman, American Football Coaches Association Public Relations Committee
Past Chairman, NCAA Football Rules Committee (1994-99)
Past Chairman, NCAA Football Recruiting Committee (1991-94)
Past Chairman, College Football Association (CFA) Coaches Committee
Walter Gilbert Award
Auburn Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award