Eric Dooley becomes head coach of Southern University
Southern University has officially announced that Eric Dooley is its new head football coach. Dooley has agreed to become the 20th head coach in the institution’s history.
Coach Dooley will inherit an underperforming football team at the University of the South (4-7, 3-5 SWAC). Under interim head coach Jason Rollins, the Jaguars placed third in the SWAC West Division and lost to Grambling in the 48th Annual Bayou Classic 29-26.
Dooley completed his third season as the head coach of the Prairie View A&M program. He led the Panthers to a 7-5, 6-2 overall record in the SWAC and won the SWAC West Division title.
On December 4, Prairie lost to Jackson State (11-1, 9-0 SWAC) in the 2021 SWAC Championship game by a final score of 27-10.
According to the Prairie View Athletics website, Dooley was previously at Grambling State University as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator (2014-17), including one year as a quarterbacks coach (2014) and two years as a receivers coach (2016-17).
“Dooley helped the Tigers win three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division titles (2015-17), two SWAC Championships (2016-17) and an HBCU National Championship (2016). While at GSU , his offenses have averaged at least 31 points per game over the four seasons, and has placed first or second in the SWAC in scoring the offense in each of the past three seasons. In 2016, he was named American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.
Dooley takes on the challenge of filling the leadership void at Southern after Dawson Odums left the program for Norfolk State University. Odums was the head coach of the Jaguars from 2013 to 2020.
No official comment from Prairie View A&M on Coach Dooley’s departure.