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Exclamation R.I.P. Coach Vince Dooley
the ol' ball coach has finally pssed on to that great gridiron in the sky...

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Quote:ATHENS -- Legendary former University of Georgia football coach and director of athletics Vince Dooley died peacefully at his home in the presence of his wife and their four children Friday afternoon at the age of 90. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia and Alabama Sports Halls of Fame, Dooley is Georgia's winningest football coach with 201 victories, six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship in his 25 years leading the Bulldogs (1964-88). He was also the recipient of numerous awards for his service as director of athletics over a 25 year tenure (1979-2004).

For over 50 years, Dooley had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia, the Southeastern Conference, and college athletics across the country. Serving as head football coach at UGA from 1963 to 1989 and as director of athletics from 1979 to 2004, he was a man of great foresight in times of charting the future, a man of stability in times of change, and a man of vision in critical times that have helped shape the path of college athletics.

His legacy as been forever preserved with the naming in 2019 of the Sanford Stadium field in his honor—Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. His contributions to the university were recognized in 2008 with the dedication of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex. A statue and garden commemorate his accomplishments along with the naming of all of 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 coach earned him the distinction as the most successful football 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. 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 was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 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. In 2004, he was inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor and on Jan. 1, 2019, he was inducted into the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.

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-10 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 Dooley's watch as athletic director, Georgia teams won 23 national championships (10 in his final six years), including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (gymnastics, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, and men's golf). Also during his 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 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 were 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 was awarded to the University's general scholarship fund through performances by Georgia student-athletes.

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 and 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, includes competition facilities for varsity swimming & diving and practice arenas for basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball.

He and his wife, Barbara, co-chaired a fund-raising campaign to establish a Catholic high school in the Athens and northeast Georgia area. As a member of the Order of Malta, he went with the Atlanta Malta Chapter Group to Lourdes, France, "The Miracle City," accompanying the sick who came for spiritual and physical healing. Dooley also served as a consultant in 2010-15 with Kennesaw State University, which began playing varsity football in the Fall of 2015.

Dooley was born into an athletic family in the Alabama coastal city of Mobile, Sept. 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 and basketball player. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management (1954) and Masters in History (1963). After serving in the Marines as an officer for two years and eight years in the Reserves, he took a job as an assistant coach at Auburn. Dooley was named head coach of the Bulldogs in December, 1963, at the age of 31. He maintained his academic and continuing education interests by auditing classes at the University in such disciplines as history, political science, art history, and horticulture.

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 (1978)
+State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
+inducted into the Sugar Bowl, Sun Bowl, Georgia-Florida game, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Pop Warner Halls of Fame

Now, THAT was a football coach.
10-28-2022 10:39 PM
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