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Legendary coach to help Briarwood booster club

Vince Dooley, considered by many to have been one of the greatest college football coaches ever, will be the special guest at Briarwood Academy on Sept. 10.

Dooley, who coached the University of Georgia Bulldogs in football from 1964 through the 1988 season will be there to help raise money for the Briarwood Academy Athletic Booster Club, as well as to sell several books he has either written or co-written.

"I think it's huge for the students and parents of Briarwood Academy to have such a Georgia legend visit with us at one of our football games," said Clayton Parrish, principal at Briarwood Academy. "He's a legend of college football."

Jeff Brooks, the father of Jake and Logan Brooks -- both students at Briarwood Academy -- has arranged Dooley's visit to the school on the night that the Buccaneers play host to Piedmont Academy.

"We're very appreciative of Mr. Brooks for doing this," Parrish said.

John Osborne, the school's football head coach and athletic director, echoed those sentiments.

"This is great for our school," coach Osborne said. "Somebody this special only comes around once in a lifetime. We're very grateful to Mr. Brooks for making this happen at our school."

Coach Osborne was a member of the UGA football teams of 1992 and 1993 when Ray Goff served as head coach and Dooley served as athletic director. The Briarwood football coach, who later graduated at with a degree in biology from UGA, lettered his senior year. He had attended Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina before transferring to UGA.

"It's going to be real special for all of us here at Briarwood Academy to have coach Dooley as our special guest for the Piedmont football game," coach Osborne said.

Dooley will participate in the pre-game flip of the coin at midfield.

"We're hoping for a really big crowd that night," coach Osborne said.

Dooley will be selling several of the books he has written in recent years, including Gardening With Vince Dooley and Dooley, My 40 Years at Georgia. The books, which will bare his autograph, will range in costs from $20-$25. Two other books also are expected to be sold by Dooley in his visit to Briarwood Academy.

Dooley served as athletic director at UGA from 1979 to 2004. During his years as head coach at UGA, he compiled a record of 201 wins, 77 losses and 10 ties. His teams won six Southeastern Conference titles. In 1980, the team won the national championship.

After winning the national title, Dooley was named college football's Coach of The Year.



Web posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010













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