The legendary UGA coach Dan Magill, also known as the “greatest Bulldog ever”, has passed away at the age of 93 in Athens, Ga.
Magill, a former Georgia tennis coach and who was known as the authority on Georgia sports and its history, died overnight at an Athens hospice care facility.
He was the first baby ever born at Athens Regional Hospital and he spent his nearly his entire life in living in Athens, aside from his tour of duty with the Marines in WWII, and a brief stint working as a prep editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But Magill’s first love was Athens, and he never wanted to be anywhere else.
In 2005, Magill was presented with the John Holliman Award for Lifetime Achievement from the university, stating during his acceptance speech, “I have spent my life on the campus of the University of Georgia and in the town of Athens, and it has been a wonderful life,”
Magill’s impact with the school was practically unmeasurable, and everyone who came in contact with him knew they were in the presence of someone special, someone who lived for Georgia and the Bulldogs.
The outpouring of sadness from everyone who knew him is a tribute to the incredible life that the greatest Bulldog ever had lived.
My heart is broken. Coach Dan Magill, the greatest Bulldog of them all, has died at the age of 93. Nobody loved UGA more than Coach Magill.
— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) August 24, 2014
All flags in Athens should be lowered to half staff. The most dedicated coach, fan & tireless servant of DawgNation, Dan Magill, has passed.
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) August 24, 2014
Coach Dan Magill, it was an honor to have known you and learned from you. Undoubtedly the GREATEST BULLDOG OF ALL TIME.
— John Isner (@JohnIsner) August 24, 2014
So sad to hear of the passing of Bulldog legend Dan Magill. So honored I was able to know this man.
— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) August 24, 2014
UGA orientation should be nothing but an oral history of Dean Tate, Larry Munson, and Dan Magill.
— dawgsonline (@dawgsonline) August 24, 2014
Rest in peach, coach Magill. Everyone here at Dawn of the Dawg sends our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and anyone who had the privilege of knowing this fine man.