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Bill Dooley (1934 - 2016)

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Bill Dooley (1934 - 2016)

Bill Dooley, former head football coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest, has died at the age of 82, according to multiple news sources.

His wife, Marie, said Dooley died of natural causes at their home in Wilmington.

"Coach Dooley helped change the course of college football," said former North Carolina coach John Bunting, a captain on Dooley's first ACC title team in 1971. "He reversed the trend at UNC where he built a winner. The ACC, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest all benefitted from his great leadership. But most importantly, he mentored character development to thousands of young men."

Dooley won three ACC titles while head coach at North Carolina. He led the school to their first ever conference championship in 1971. He also led the Tar Heels to their first 11 win season in 1972. He had 162 wins at UNC and took the team to three bowl games. He is still tied for second in total victories for the school behind Mack Brown.


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"Coach Dooley was a great coach and an even better man who made a lasting impact on this university and on college football as a whole," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "He touched the lives of the young men who played for him in a profound and special way. He proved that Carolina was a program that could produce a winning tradition and his legacy is something we strive to uphold each and every day."

He later moved on to become the Athletic Director and head coach at Virginia Tech where he led the Hokies to three bowl games. His 1986 team won nine games and the Peach Bowl. His final coaching stop was at Wake Forest where he took the team to the Independence Bowl where they beat Oregon in his last season in 1992.

Dooley was the younger brother of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, and the uncle of ex-Tennessee coach and current Dallas Cowboys assistant Derek Dooley.

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