La. Tech hires Dolphins TE coach Dooley
RUSTON, La. -- Derek Dooley, son of longtime Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, was hired as head coach by Louisiana Tech on Monday.
Dooley has been an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins the past two years.
"From the very first time I met Derek Dooley when we went to Miami, I was super impressed," Louisiana Tech president Dan Reneau said. "He knows coaching from one end to the other. It's a new day for Louisiana Tech, and Derek Dooley is the man we need to lead us into this era of success."
Dooley replaces Jack Bicknell, who was fired Dec. 4 after the Bulldogs finished 3-10, 1-7 in the WAC. Bicknell had a 42-53 record in eight seasons at the school.
Dooley, who will continue his responsibilities as the Dolphins tight ends coach through the end of the season, is very familiar with the college and high school football in the south after serving as an assistant at LSU under Nick Saban for five years. He was also wide receivers coach at SMU from 1997-99.
Tech athletic director Jim Oakes said Dooley will sign a five-year contract in the range of $400,000 per year.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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