Bill Dooley

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Bill Dooley
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born 1934
Mobile, Alabama
Playing career
1953–1955 Mississippi State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1960 Mississippi State (freshmen, asst. OL)
1963 Mississippi State (OL)
1964–1966 Georgia (assistant)
1967–1977 North Carolina
1978–1986 Virginia Tech
1987–1992 Wake Forest
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1978–1986 Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 162–126–5
Bowls 3–7
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 162–126–5.

Early life and family[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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, though he has since been passed by Dick Crum. He is still tied for second on the school's wins list, behind 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 two 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 10-1-1 and won the Peach Bowl.

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, current coach Frank Beamer.[1]

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[edit]

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 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 10–1–1 W Peach 20
Virginia Tech: 63–38–1
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: 162–126–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ Gast, Dorothy (November 5, 1986). "Committee urges higher standards at Virginia Tech". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 

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