Meet UGA’s own Vince Dooley! Dooley has had a lasting impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference, and other collegiate athletics across the country. Dooley’s 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history. He guided the Bulldogs to a career record of 201-77-10 becoming only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The Bulldogs won one national championship (1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction. He was named NCAA National Coach of the Year by every major poll in 1980 and by Chevrolet-WTBS in 1982. A former president of the American Football Coaches Association, Dooley was named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and NCAA District Coach of the Year on six occasions. Under his watch as athletic director (since 1979), Georgia teams won 23 national championships (ten in his final six years) including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (women’s swimming, gymnastics, men’s tennis, men’s golf). During Dooley’s tenure Georgia athletic teams won 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men’s and women’s sports.
Among his athletic achievements, Dooley has written a few books including two editions of “Dooley’s Dawgs” (with Loran Smith), “My 40 Years at Georgia” (with Tony Barnhart), “Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History,” “Dooley’s Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” and “History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia”.
Whether you’re a Dawg’s fan or a book-lover, come on down to the festival, and meet Vince Dooley!