|Born||May 19, 1934|
|Died||August 9, 2016 (aged 82)|
Wilmington, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1957–1960||Mississippi State (freshmen, asst. OL)|
|1963||Mississippi State (OL)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|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. 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.
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. Thus Dooley "officially" owns Virginia Tech's first-ever 10-win season.
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.
Finally, Dooley served as the head coach at Wake Forest where, as of 2015[update], 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 Gobblers / 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||10–2–1||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 or championship game berth|
Assistant coaches under Dooley who became college head coaches:
- Jeff Bower: Southern Miss (1990–2007)
- Jim Donnan: Marshall (1990–1995), Georgia (1996–2000)
- Jim Carmody: Southern Miss (1982–1987)
- Bud Moore: Kansas (1975–1978)
- "SEC, ACC college football previews". September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
- Gast, Dorothy (November 5, 1986). "Committee urges higher standards at Virginia Tech". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved December 26, 2010.