Mobile Native and Former Georgia HC Vince Dooley Dies at 90

Mobile Native and Former Georgia HC Vince Dooley Dies at 90

Vince Dooley, head coach of Georgia from 1964-1988 and the fourth winningest coach in Southeastern conference history, has died at the age of 90. Dooley was born and raised in Mobile and attend McGill-Toolen, known then as the McGill Institute.

After McGill, Dooley played football at Auburn and would later become the offensive coordinator for the Tigers, a position he spent ten years at before being hired as Georgia’s head coach. He coached the Bulldogs for 25 seasons, winning six SEC championships and a national title in 1980, Georgia’s most recent before last year’s triumph. Dooley averaged over eight wins a year during his time as Georgia’s head coach.

When he retired in 1988, Dooley was second all-time in SEC wins only to Bear Bryant, and has since only been passed by Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban. He also served as Georgia’s athletic director until 2004. In 2019, Georgia renamed the field at Sanford Stadium “Dooley Field”. He was given the great honor of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

With only one losing season in 25 years, Dooley compiled a record of 201-77-10 in his time as the Bulldogs head coach. He was certainly a fixture in the college football community and will be dearly missed by many.

Michael Brauner