American Football Database
Bill Dooley
Biographical details
Mobile, Alabama
Playing career
1953–1955Mississippi State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Mississippi State (freshmen, asst. OL)
Mississippi State (OL)
Georgia (assistant)
North Carolina
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Virginia Tech
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.

Coaching career

With the North Carolina Tar Heels, Dooley won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles. 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.[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

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 9–2–1 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: 161–127–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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