RUSTON, La. - Derek Dooley, the tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins, will be the new Louisiana Tech coach, school president Dan Reneau announced today.
A press conference is scheduled at the school tomorrow afternoon. Dooley will replace Jack Bicknell, who was fired after eight years with the school. Derek Dooley is the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley.
Dooley was a walk on football player at Virginia, who earned a scholarship after his second season. He was named first-team academic All-A-C-C in 1990 and earned a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs.
Dooley earned a law degree from Georgia in 1994 Dooley has worked the past seven years for Nick Saban, including five at L-S-U and the past two for the Dolphins.
During his stint at L-S-U, Dooley served as the Tigers running backs coach and was the special team's coordinator in 2003 during the Tigers national championship season.
He also spent three seasons as the Tigers recruiting coordinator. Dooley was a walk-on receiver at the University of Virginia who earned a scholarship after his second season.