• 201-77-10 Record as Head Coach at UGA
  • 6 Southeastern Conference Titles
  • 1980 National Champion
  • Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.


There is perhaps no one person more singularly identified with the University of Georgia (UGA) than Vince Dooley, the architect of the athletic program’s modern-day explosive growth and the shepherd of all things “dawg.”

In 1964 Dooley, at the age of thirty-one, was hired by athletic director Joel Eaves as head coach of the UGA football team and served in that position until 1988. Dooley succeeded Eaves as athletic director in 1979 and dedicated the next twenty-five years to Georgia Bulldog athletics until his contract was not renewed in a highly publicized power battle with university president Michael Adams in 2003. As a football coach, Dooley is among an august group of leaders (like Pennsylvania State University’s legendary Joe Paterno) whose entire careers unfolded on one campus. As an athletic director, Dooley presided over numerous changes in the appearance of the UGA campus through the construction and expansion of its athletic facilities.

Courtesy of the New Georgia Encyclopedia