Bill Dooley is a legendary name in the city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina as he was the longest-tenured football coach in North Carolina Tar Heels history. Sadly, the coach passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 82.
The school released a statement on his death due to natural causes. Head coach Larry Fedora talked about Dooley, brother of legendary Georgia Southern and Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, and said that he would be missed by everyone in Chapel Hill
“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,” 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. Our thoughts are with Marie and the entire Dooley family in this very difficult time.”
Dooley coached the Tar Heels from 1967-1977, making him the longest-tenured coach in team history. He set the record for career wins, which has since been broken, by going 69-53-2 and leading the team to three ACC championships and six bowl games.
Once his career with the Tar Heels ended, Dooley spent nine seasons with Virginia Tech and six with Wake Forest. He ended his career in 1992 with a record of 162-126-5.
Campus Sports would like to send their condolences to the Dooley family.