RECREATION & FITNESS

Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame

Vincent "Vince" Dooley
Vincent Dooley
Class of 2012

Vincent "Vince" Dooley was born on September 4, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama. In 1964... hired as the head coach of the University of Georgia (UGA) football team... UGA record of 201-77-10... led the team to 20 bowl appearances... 1981 Sugar Bowl where the Bulldogs defeated the "Fighting Irish" of Notre Dame capping off a perfect 12-0 season... as the UGA Athletic Director, the Bulldogs claimed 23 national titles and 78 SEC Championships... National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1982... Named "Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year" seven times... inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994... received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001... awarded the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award in 2004... in 2007 he was honored with the Homer Rice Award.

Vince Dooley was born on September 4, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama. Dooley attended Mobile's McGill Catholic High School where he played both football and basketball. As a sophomore quarterback, he led his school to the 1949 Mobile City Championship.

After graduation he attended Auburn University where he played both basketball and football. Dooley suffered a knee injury during his junior year which ended his basketball career but he continued to excel on the football field. In 1954 he played in the College All-Star Game against the National Football League's Championship Detroit Lions.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management in 1954 and joined the Marine Corps where he spent the next two years on active duty as an infantry officer. Transitioning to the Marine Corps Reserve in 1956, he assumed a position at Auburn University as an assistant football coach.

In 1964 at the age of 31, Dooley was hired as the head coach of the University of Georgia (UGA) football team. As a freshman coach, he led the UGA Bulldogs to a 7-3-1 record including a 7-0 victory over Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl that year.

During the next 24 years Coach Dooley solidified his legendary status with the UGA athletic program by posting a record of 201-77-10 (.715). During this time, he led the team to 20 bowl appearances which resulted in 8 victories and two ties; the most notable victory being the 1981 Sugar Bowl where the Bulldogs defeated the "Fighting Irish" of Notre Dame capping off a perfect 12-0 season.

In 1979 Vince was appointed as the UGA Athletic Director. During his tenure in this position the Bulldogs claimed 23 national titles and 78 SEC Championships. UGA's athletic prominence was recognized in the awarding of the Sear's Directors' Cup, which recognizes the top collegiate athletic programs in the country. Georgia placed second in 1998 and 1999 and third in 2000 and 2001.

Vince Dooley was named the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1982. He was the "Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year" seven times. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001 for outstanding work in the advancement of the best interests of football. He was awarded the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award in 2004; an award given to an individual who contributes to the growth and development of sports through management practices and in 2007 he was honored with the Homer Rice Award; the highest honor given by the Division 1-A Athletic Directors Association.