Bill Dooley
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Bill Dooley
Bill Dooley
Biographical details
Born(1934-05-19)May 19, 1934
Mobile, Alabama
DiedAugust 9, 2016(2016-08-09) (aged 82)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Playing career
1953-1955Mississippi State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957-1960Mississippi State (freshmen, asst. OL)
1963Mississippi State (OL)
1964-1966Georgia (assistant)
1967-1977North Carolina
1978-1986Virginia Tech
1987-1992Wake Forest
1978-1986Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
3 ACC (1971-1972, 1977)
3x ACC Coach of the Year (1971, 1987, 1992)

William Gerald Dooley (May 19, 1934 - August 9, 2016) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1967-1977), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1978-1986), and Wake Forest University (1987-1992), compiling a career college football record of 162-126-5.

Early life and family

Dooley was born in 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. There, he attended the McGill Institute, administered by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Dooley then attended Perkinston Junior College in Perkinston, Mississippi from 1952 to 1953. In 1953, he moved on to Mississippi State University and graduated in 1956, where he was an all-SEC lineman for the Maroons/Bulldogs. Dooley's brother is former University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley, and the two went against each other's teams in the 1971 Gator Bowl.[1] His nephew, Derek Dooley is the former head football coach at the University of Tennessee. He resided in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dooley was married to Marie Dooley. He has four sons; Jim and Bill from his first marriage to Chris Dooley, Sean and Ashton from his second marriage.

Coaching career

With the North Carolina Tar Heels, Dooley won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles, including the school's first outright conference championship in 1971. He left North Carolina as the winningest coach in school history, since surpassed by Dick Crum. He has since been tied for second on the school's wins list by Mack Brown, and is still the school's longest-tenured head coach. He also achieved the school's first 11-win season in 1972. Only three other Tar Heel teams have ever won 11 games.

After his tenure at North Carolina, Dooley served as the athletic director and head football coach at Virginia Tech. He led the Hokies to three bowl games--as many as they had attended in their entire history prior to his arrival. His best team was the 1986 unit, which went 9-2-1 and won the Peach Bowl. That team was later awarded a 10th win after Temple forfeited its entire 1986 schedule--including a 29-13 win over the Hokies--due to an ineligible player.[2] Thus Dooley "officially" owns Virginia Tech's first-ever 10-win season.

Dooley (middle) with his defensive coordinator Tom Harper (left)

His tenure at Virginia Tech, however, ended shortly afterward amidst allegations of NCAA recruiting violations. After resigning from his positions at Virginia Tech, he sued the university for $3,500,000 alleging breach of contract. The lawsuit was settled out of court. At the time, he was the winningest coach in school history, though he has since been surpassed by his successor, Frank Beamer.[3]

Finally, Dooley served as the head coach at Wake Forest where, as of 2015, he is third in the football program's history for all-time wins and tied for fourth in longest tenure.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1967-1977)
1967 North Carolina 2-8 2-5 7th
1968 North Carolina 3-7 1-6 8th
1969 North Carolina 5-5 3-3 T-3rd
1970 North Carolina 8-4 5-2 T-2nd L Peach
1971 North Carolina 9-3 6-0 1st L Gator 18
1972 North Carolina 11-1 6-0 1st W Sun 14 12
1973 North Carolina 4-7 1-5 6th
1974 North Carolina 7-5 4-2 T-2nd L Sun
1975 North Carolina 3-7-1 1-4-1 6th
1976 North Carolina 9-3 4-1 2nd L Peach
1977 North Carolina 8-3-1 5-0-1 1st L Liberty 14 17
North Carolina: 69-53-2 38-28-2
Virginia Tech Gobblers / Hokies (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1978-1986)
1978 Virginia Tech 4-7
1979 Virginia Tech 5-6
1980 Virginia Tech 8-4 L Peach
1981 Virginia Tech 7-4
1982 Virginia Tech 7-4
1983 Virginia Tech 9-2
1984 Virginia Tech 8-4 L Independence
1985 Virginia Tech 6-5
1986 Virginia Tech 10-2-1 W Peach 20
Virginia Tech: 64-38-1
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1987-1992)
1987 Wake Forest 7-4 4-3 T-3rd
1988 Wake Forest 6-4-1 4-3 T-4th
1989 Wake Forest 2-8-1 1-6 7th
1990 Wake Forest 3-8 0-7 8th
1991 Wake Forest 3-8 1-6 T-7th
1992 Wake Forest 8-4 4-4 T-4th W Independence 25 25
Wake Forest: 29-36-2 14-29
Total: 163-126-5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Dooley who became college head coaches:


  1. ^ "SEC, ACC college football previews". September 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
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  3. ^ Gast, Dorothy (November 5, 1986). "Committee urges higher standards at Virginia Tech". The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved 2010.

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