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Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens dead at 66

Longtime Dartmouth football head coach Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens died from injuries he suffered from a bike accident in March, the school announced Tuesday.

He was 66.

Teevens is survived by his wife, Kirsten, daughter, Lindsay, and son, Buddy Jr., and his four grandchildren.

“Our family is heartbroken to inform you that our beloved ‘coach’ has peacefully passed away surrounded by family,” the Teevens family said in a statement released by Dartmouth. “We are confident and take comfort in the fact that he passed away knowing how much he was loved and admired.

“Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained proved too challenging for even him to overcome.”

In March, Teevens and Kirsten were biking in St. Augustine, Florida, when he was struck by a pickup truck.

He suffered spinal cord injuries and had to have his right leg amputated in March.

Dartmouth's coach Buddy Teevens gestures on the sidelines during a football game against Princeton in Princeton, N.J., Nov. 18, 2006.
Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens gestures on the sidelines during a football game against Princeton on Nov. 18, 2006.

He underwent treatment for his injuries in three different states, according to the Boston Globe.

“This is tragic news for Dartmouth and the entire football world,” Dartmouth president Sian Leah Beilock and athletic director Mike Harrity said in a statement. “Buddy not only was synonymous with Dartmouth football, he was a beloved coach and an innovative, inspirational leader who helped shape the lives of generations of students.”

Teevens played quarterback at Dartmouth from 1975-78 and also played on the men’s hockey team before going into his long and storied coaching career.

He started his career as a running backs coach at Depauw University (1979-80) before joining Boston University as the offensive coordinator from 1981-84.

Teevens won 117 games as Dartmouth's head coach.
Teevens won 117 games as Dartmouth’s head coach.

Teevens then held head coaching gigs at Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) and then worked as an assistant at both Illinois (1997-98) and Florida (1999-2001).

Teevens got another head coaching job at Stanford (2002-04) before coming back to Dartmouth in 2005.

He held a 117-101-2 record in 23 seasons as his alma mater’s head coach.

He boasted a 9-1 record three times, most recently in 2021.

Outside of the wins and losses, Teevens worked at the Manning Passing Academy for 25 years and he brought in robotic tackling dummies into practices, known as the Mobile Virtual Player, in 2016 in an effort to boost player safety.

The dummy created by Dartmouth’s engineering school has been used by other colleges and NFL teams.

He won 151 games as a head coach and claimed five Ivy League titles.

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