Football coach. Born– September 4, 1932, Mobile. Parents– William Vincent and Nellie Agnes (Stauter) Dooley, Married– Barbara Anne Meshad, 1960. Children– Three. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.A., 1954; M.A., 1963. Served as assistant football coach, Auburn, 1956-1963; head coach at the University of Georgia, 1963. Member and president of the Georgia Historical Society. Trustee of the Civil War Trust. Served as chair of Georgia Easter Seals for 25 years. Received many sports awards, including membership in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame; five times named SEC Coach of the Year; NCAA Coach of the Year, 1980; Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sportswriters and Sportscaster Association, 2010. Received the National Defense Medal. Member of Omicron Delta Kappa.


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Developing a Superior Football-Control Attack. West Nyack, N.Y.; Parker, 1969.


Dooley’s Dawgs; 25 Years of Winning Football at the University of Georgia. Atlanta; Longstreet Press, 1989.

Dooley: My Forty Years at Georgia.  Chicago: Triumph Books, 2005.

Dooley’s Playbook. Athens:  Hill Street Press, 2009.

Georgia:  Saturdays between the Hedges. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2004.

History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia. Looking Glass Books, 2011.

Vince Dooley’s Garden:  The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach.  Decatur: Looking Glass Books, 2010.

Vince Dooley’s Tales from the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs.  Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2005.


The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog.  Mercer University Press, 2017.


The papers of Vince Dooley are held by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah.