Dartmouth Football Coach Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens Passes Away at 66
Dartmouth University is mourning the loss of their esteemed football coach, Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens, who passed away at the age of 66. Teevens, known for his innovative methods in making the sport safer, sustained injuries in a bicycle crash back in March, which ultimately led to complications and his untimely death.
With an illustrious career spanning many years, Teevens left an indelible mark on Dartmouth’s football program. Serving as head coach on two separate occasions, he achieved a remarkable record of 117-101-2, alongside capturing five Ivy League championships. His dedication and leadership were unparalleled.
In March, tragedy struck when Teevens was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle in Florida. This unfortunate incident resulted in spinal cord injuries and the amputation of his right leg. Despite the challenges he faced, Teevens remained resilient and continued to inspire both his team and the entire football community.
Teevens’ contributions to the sport extended far beyond his coaching career. As the first coach to eliminate full-contact practices throughout the year, he brought forth changes that prioritized player safety. His groundbreaking method was eventually adopted throughout the Ivy League in 2016, revolutionizing the way football is played at the college level.
Additionally, Teevens’ efforts led to the creation of the Mobile Virtual Player, a robot tackling device developed by Dartmouth’s engineering school. This invention further contributed to making the game safer for athletes, showcasing Teevens’ commitment to innovation.
His impact was not limited to the college football realm, as Teevens also made waves in the NFL. His breakthrough ideas and the hiring of female coaches made a significant impact on the game, cementing him as a pioneer in the industry.
Prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, Teevens coached at esteemed institutions such as Maine, Tulane, and Stanford. Furthermore, he had a successful playing career as a quarterback at Dartmouth, earning Ivy League Player of the Year honors in 1978.
In light of this devastating loss, Dartmouth announced that assistant coach Sammy McCorkle will serve as the interim coach for the 2023 season. Teevens had overseen the program since 2005, with a previous stint from 1987 to 1991, leaving an unforgettable legacy behind.
Dartmouth University plans to honor Teevens’ memory by holding a moment of silence before their upcoming home game against Lehigh. The university’s president and athletic director described Teevens as a beloved coach and an inspirational leader who shaped the lives of generations of students.
The Liberty Conservative joins Dartmouth University and the football community in mourning the loss of Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens. His contributions to the game will forever be cherished, and his impact on the future of football will continue to resonate within the hearts of players and fans alike.
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