Derek Dooley

Derek Dooley had a “rocky” stint as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers from 2010-2012, amassing a combined record of 16-21 in that time without a single winning season.

Derek Dooley was a head coach in the SEC for three seasons at the University of Tennessee from 2010-2012. He took over the Volunteers program after the departure of former head coach Lane Kiffin to USC, and was Tennessee’s third coach in three seasons. Dooley led the Vols to one bowl game during his three-year tenure as head coach, but his teams finished with a losing record in all three seasons.

After beginning his first season with a 2-6 record, Tennessee won its final four games of the regular season to earn bowl eligibility. The Vols fell to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl on a controversial final play, then went 5-7 each of the next two seasons, posting a dismal 2-14 record against SEC competition in that time.

Dooley was fired following the 2007 season and replaced by Butch Jones. Prior to arriving in Knoxville, Dooley was the head coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for three seasons from 2007-2009. He spent part of that time also serving as Louisiana Tech’s athletic director.

Coaching History Team Years
Wide Receivers Coach Dallas Cowboys 2013-Present
Head Coach Tennessee Volunteers 2010-2012
Head Coach Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2007-2009
Tight Ends Coach Green Bay Packers 2005-2006
Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator LSU Tigers 2003-2004
Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator LSU Tigers 2000-2002
Wide Receivers Coach SMU Mustangs 1997-1999
Graduate Assistant Georgia Bulldogs 1996

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