Video: Celebrating Vince Dooley
An emotional video celebrating 50 years since Vince Dooley’s first year as the Bulldogs’ coach.
As one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, Vince Dooley has racked up a list of honors more impressive than even the famed last minute 72-yard run by Lindsay Scott that gave the University of Georgia Bulldogs a victory over the University of Florida Gators and led them straight to a national championship in 1980.
Two times, Coach Dooley was named NCAA National Coach of the Year (1980 and 1982) and seven times, he took home the honor of SEC Coach of the Year.
The Alabama native, who made Georgia his home in 1964, coached the Georgia Bulldogs to 201 victories during his 25 years as head coach and took Bulldog teams to 20 bowl games. For 15 years after his retirement from active coaching, he remained at Georgia as the school’s Athletic Director.
Not surprisingly, based on these accomplishments, Coach Dooley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He is also a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Alabama’s Hall of Fame, the state where he played football at Auburn and later coached as an assistant under the formidable Shug Jordan.
Vince Dooley is not only a legend – his name known to every avid sports fan across the nation – he is a Southern icon. He knew and coached against some of college football’s more admired men: Bear Bryant, Bobby Dodd, Frank Broyles, Johnny Vaught and many others. A man like this has an abundance of stories to tell – stories that will entertain, inspire, amuse and inform. He is a perfect speaker for banquets, conferences and any event where a well-known speaker with national credentials is desired.
He is also the author of the well-received memoir, Dooley: My 40 Years At Georgia.
He continues to live in his beloved town of Athens, Georgia, with his wife, Barbara. The Dooleys live in the same home they first purchased in Athens in 1964.