|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Mississippi State (freshmen, asst. OL)
Mississippi State (OL)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
3 ACC (1971–1972, 1977)
3x ACC Coach of the Year (1971, 1987, 1992)
Bill Dooley (born 1934) is a former 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 161–127–5.
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. His nephew, Derek Dooley is the former head football coach at the University of Tennessee. Today, Dooley lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is married to Marie Dooley, and has four sons: Jim, Billy, Sean, and Ashton.
With the North Carolina Tar Heels, Dooley won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles, including the school's first ever conference championship in 1971 . He is tied for second in most total wins at North Carolina and first in most seasons at the school. He also achieved the school's first 11–1 season in 1972, a feat that has only been accomplished twice at the school since. After his tenure at North Carolina, Dooley served as the athletic director and head football coach at Virginia Tech, where he is second in both total wins and winning percentage. His tenure at Virginia Tech, however, ended 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.
Finally, Dooley served as the head coach at Wake Forest where, as of January 2010, he is third in the football program's history for all-time wins and tied for fourth in longest tenure.
Head coaching record
|North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1967–1977)|
|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|
|1974||North Carolina||7–5||4–2||T–2nd||L Sun|
|1976||North Carolina||9–3||4–1||2nd||L Peach|
|1977||North Carolina||8–3–1||5–0–1||1st||L Liberty||14||17|
|Virginia Tech Hokies (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1978–1986)|
|1980||Virginia Tech||8–4||L Peach|
|1984||Virginia Tech||8–4||L Independence|
|1986||Virginia Tech||9–2–1||W Peach||20|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1987–1992)|
|1992||Wake Forest||8–4||4–4||T–4th||W Independence||25||25|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Gast, Dorothy (November 5, 1986). "Committee urges higher standards at Virginia Tech". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved December 26, 2010.