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This Day in Georgia History

September 04, 1932

Vince Dooley Born

To view an image of Vince Dooley, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Former University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley was born in Mobile, Alabama. As a youth, he excelled at basketball. In high school, he made the football team, but initially spent most of his time sitting on the bench. Later, called on to fill the quarterback role, his team won the city championship in 1949. Recruited by Auburn to play both basketball and football, he was chosen as a College All-Star in 1954. After graduation, Dooley became Auburn’s freshman football coach. In November 1963, Auburn head basketball coach Joel Eaves was hired by University of Georgia president O. C. Aderhold to turn the Georgia football program around. Eaves stunned everyone the next month when he offered the job of head football coach to Vince Dooley, who was then Auburn freshman football coach. Dooley took the helm as Georgia head football coach in 1964 - a post he held through the 1988 season. Under Dooley, the Georgia football program became one of the best in the nation, winning the national championship in 1980. In 1979, Coach Dooley also was given the title of University of Georgia Athletic Director, a post he held until 2004.