Athens, GA -- April 23, 2012 --
Former Georgia football coach and Director of Athletics Vince Dooley has been chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Duffy Daugherty
Memorial Award. Dooley will receive the honor, named for Michigan State hall of fame coach Duffy Daugherty, this Thursday (April 26) in Bath, Mich.
"I am so very proud," Dooley said. "Knowing Duffy as I did, this award means so much to me. As both a coach and person, he was always jovial and fun and it was just great to be around him. My wife Barbara especially loved him. With all the respect everyone had for Duffy, as well as his tremendous coaching record, this is a great honor for me."
Established in 1992, the Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award is given annually to an individual making outstanding contributions to amateur football. Past recipients have included Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Eddie Robinson, Bo Schembechler, Keith Jackson, Bud Wilkinson and Ara Parseghian. Last year¹s winner was Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.
Dooley served as head football coach at UGA from 1963-88 and as Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. He posted a career record of 201-77-10 with the Bulldogs, becoming the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win more than 200 games. He guided Georgia to the 1980 national championship and six SEC Championships, and he took his teams to 20 bowl games. One of Dooley's first signature victories came in 1965 when the Bulldogs defeated Michigan,
15-7, in Ann Arbor.
Dooley coached a Heisman Trophy winner (Herschel Walker in 1982), a Maxwell Award winner (Walker in 1982), an Outland Trophy winner (Bill Stanfill in 1968), 40 First Team All-Americans and 10 Academic All-Americans. Dooley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and five of his Bulldog players also have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame Stanfill in 1998, Walker in 1999, Terry Hoage in 2000, Kevin Butler in 2001 and Jake Scott in 2011.
Under his watch as athletic director, Georgia teams won a combined 20 national championships in nine different sports, including 10 in the final six years of his service. In addition, Georgia won 78 SEC team championships and 97 individual NCAA titles in both men's and women's sports with Dooley as AD. During the 1998-99 academic year, UGA claimed an unprecedented four national titles (women's swimming, gymnastics, men's tennis, men's golf) and finished second in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of
Athletics (NACDA) Director's Cup, which annually ranks the nation's most successful overall collegiate athletic programs.
Daugherty was Michigan State's head coach from 1954-72 and led the Spartans to a 109-69-5 record, consecutive national titles in 1965 and 1966 and three Big Ten Championships during that span. During Daughtery's 19 seasons as head coach in East Lansing, 29 different Spartan players earned first-team All-America honors, including Earl Morral, Sherman Lewis, Bubba Smith, Brad
Van Pelt and Billy Joe Dupree. Daughtery, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984, died in 1987 at the age of 72.
The Daugherty Award ceremonies will be held at the Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath.