Who Is Vince Dooley?

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

By: Isaac Dunn


I am sure that many of you have heard of the very generous donations that Monsignor Donovan has been fortunate enough to receive from the Dooley Family However, I am also sure that a lot of here people are also wondering who Vince Dooley is. Vince Dooley is a former college football player, coach, and athletic director.


Mr. Dooley was born in Mobile, Alabama, and went on to attend and play college football for the University of Auburn. From 1956 to 1963 he served as an assistant coach at Auburn. In 1964 he was hired as the head football coach for the University of Georgia, a position that he held for 25 seasons. He won 201 games at Georgia, including six SEC Championships, and the National Championship in 1980. He retired in 1988 as the second winningest coach in SEC history, behind the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant of the University of Alabama. He won the Bobby Dobb Coach of the Year in 1979 (annually given out to the top coach in college football) and was a five time winner of the SEC coach of the year. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994, and won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001. The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award is an award given to an "individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football,” and has been won by the likes of Tom Osborne, Bill Walsh, and Bo Schembecler.


Vince’s younger brother Bill is also a former college football coach who has served as the head coach for Virginia Tech, the University of North Carolina, and the Wake Forest. The two coached against each other in the 1971 Gator Bowl, with Vince leading UGA and Bill leading UNC. The Bulldogs won the game by a score of 7 to 3. Vince and Barbra’s son Derek is also a football coach. He has served as the head coach at Louisiana Tech and the University of Tennessee, and is currently the senior offensive assistant for the New York Giants of the National Football League.

Vince and his wife Barbra currently reside in Athens, GA. In addition to being generous donors to Monsignor Donovan, the Dooley family are also donors to the University of Georgia. The football field at Sanford Stadium is named Dooley Field in honor of the family. Monsignor Donovan is very grateful for their generosity and support of the school and our athletics department.


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