Former UGA head coach addresses Scouts

CORDELE, Ga. — The South Georgia Council for the Boy Scouts of America held their annual breakfast Friday at Cordele First United Methodist Church.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock gave a welcome to those in attendance and the pledge was lead by local Eagle Scouts. Bob Evans,  regional president of Colony Bank offered an invocation before guests enjoyed a catered breakfast.

Cubmaster Bobby Wade of Pack 270 offered a Scout Parent Testimony. He talked about the positive affect scouts has had on his family.

“Scouting has given my family the opportunity to do things together, learn new skills, meet other people in the community that share our same interests. I am really impressed with how scouting brings families together.”

Sam McCord, development director for the Boy Scouts talked with attendees about how they can support the scouts through donations.

Sheriff Hancock returned to the stage to introduce the guest speaker for the event; Former UGA Head Coach Vince Dooley.

Dooly served as the DAWGS Head Coach from 1963-1989 and served as director if athletics from 1979-2004. His 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history.

Hancock had this to say about Coach Dooley, “He was building men. He was building people to go on beyond the football field and be able to take life head on and tackle tough situations in life. It’s an honor to have him in Crisp County and the Scouts.”

Dooley, who guided the DAWGS to a career record of 201-77-10, became only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The team won one national championship( 1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction.

Dooley spoke of the influence that coaches and scoutmasters have on young people. He also talked about the importance of preparation when striving to accomplish life goals.

“Remember the Five P’s. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance,” he said. “It’s a very simplistic statement, yet with a tremendous amount of substance. Poor Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”

Following his speech, Dooley took time to meet and greet fans, pose for a few pictures and sign some autographs.