|Position:||Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Special Teams|
|Other Position:||Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Special Teams|
|City/State:||Athens, Ga. ,|
|Alma Mater:||Virginia (1991)|
Derek Dooley enters his fifth season with the Tigers in 2004, and during his time in Baton Rouge has proven his versatility on the staff. In four seasons at LSU, Dooley has coached two positions, coordinated LSU's recruiting efforts, and has served as the special teams coordinator. In his first year as LSU's running backs coach and special teams coordinator in 2003, Dooley made his impact felt right away.
Freshman running back Justin Vincent became the first rookie in LSU history to rush for 1,000-yards, which included an SEC Championship game record 201 against Georgia in the league title game. Vincent, a Freshman All-America and MVP of both the SEC title game and the Sugar Bowl, finished with 1,001 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Vincent capped his record-setting freshman season with a 117-yards rushing and one TD against Oklahoma in the national championship game.
On special teams, the Tigers ranked first in the SEC in net punting, kickoff coverage and punt returns. Punt returner Skyler Green returned two punts for TDs and led the nation in punt return average with 18.5 yards per return on his way to earning First-Team All-America honors in 2003 as a return specialist.
Following the 2003 national championship season, Dooley was promoted to assistant head coach for the Tigers.
In his first three years with the Tigers, Dooley played a key role in the development of LSU