2010-07-08 / Front Page

UGA Coach Vince Dooley to visit Washington on Thursday, July 15

Coach Vince Dooley will be in Washington next week for a book signing, to speak to a local civic club, and to tour some historic sites. Coach Vince Dooley will be in Washington next week for a book signing, to speak to a local civic club, and to tour some historic sites. Legendary University of Georgia Football Coach and former Athletic Director Vince Dooley will visit Washington next Thursday, July 15, to meet fans, autograph his books and other memorabilia, and speak to a local civic club.

“I look forward to coming to Washington,” Dooley told The News-Reporter. “I always enjoy it.”

His visit, hosted by Washington- Wilkes Tourism Director Ashley Barnett, will start with a lunch and talk with members of the Washington Rotary Club, followed by a public meet-and-greet at the Washington Jockey Club from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. as part of his statewide book tour.

Fans will be able to purchase Dooley’s autographed books, art prints, caps, and other items. Due to time constraints, he will not be able to autograph items brought in by fans.

All of Coach Dooley’s football books will be available for purchase, as will his newest book “Vince Dooley’s Garden: the Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” which chronicles his love for horticulture and is illustrated with artwork by Steve Penley.

“Gardening is a great journey,” he said, “and that’s what the book is all about, the journey of a football coach. With no background in gardening, I started auditing some horticulture classes at the university, and one thing led to another. I got infected, and there’s no antidote for it. I hope I can be an inspiration to people, because if I can be a gardener, anybody can.”

While in Washington, Dooley also hopes to enjoy another of his post-football loves, Civil War history. “The last time I was there in Washington, I was able to tour the mansion of General Porter Alexander and I really enjoyed that. There’s a lot of rich history in Washington, and while I’m there I’d like to see few more sights.”

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