George Simpson (1969) wrote to say he enjoyed seeing the photo of the 1971 Tar Heel coaching staff in the spring Lettermen’s newsletter and wondered what had happened to each of the coaches following his respective tenure in Chapel Hill.
Head coach Bill Dooley coached at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest before retiring following the 1992 season. He is retired and living in Wrightsville Beach and is active in the Triangle East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The assistant coaches from left to right:
Jim Carmody is retired and living in Madison, Miss. He was head coach at Southern Miss from 1982-87. He coached through 1994 and finished his career as a scout for the Arizona Cardinals.
Charlie Carr is director of athletics at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Kan. Before that he had been in athletics administration at Florida State for 12 years.
Vic Spooner lives on a farm in Colquitt, Ga.
Bobby Collins left Carolina after the 1974 season and was head coach at Southern Miss for seven years and then Southern Methodist for five years. He left the collegiate coaching business after his program at SMU received the NCAA “death penalty” in 1987.
Billy Hickman left Carolina to join George Allen’s Washington Redskins staff in 1973 and spent the rest of his years as an NFL assistant with the Redskins and Los Angeles Rams. He died in 2006.
Ron DeMelfi left coaching in 1975 to enter family business in Pennsylvania.
Moyer Smith moved from coaching into athletic administration and spent more than two decades as the head of the UNC Rams Club before his retirement a dozen years ago. He lives in Chapel Hill.
Clyde Walker was also an athletic administrator for two years in Chapel Hill from 1972-73 and then was named Kansas athletic director from 1973-78. He completed his career as AD at UNC-Charlotte from 1978-85. He died in his Charlotte home in 2005 at the age of 75.
Sandy Kinney went with Dooley to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He is retired and lives in Atlantic Beach.
Lee Hayley left Carolina in 1972 to become AD at his alma mater, Auburn University, and he served in that job until 1981. He then worked under Vince Dooley at Georgia for more than a decade unit his retirement. He died 1997 at the age of 67.
Bud Moore was at Carolina just one more year. He left for Alabama in 1972 and was head coach at Kansas from 1975-78. After retiring from coaching, Moore entered private business.