Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens dies

 September 20, 2023

Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens, known for advocating players' safety, has died months after he was injured in a horrible biking accident in Florida. 

The 66-year-old was hit by a pickup truck in March while attempting to cross a road in the dark.

Dartmouth coach dies

His spinal cord was damaged, and he eventually had his right leg amputated.

Teevens unfortunately succumbed to his injuries Tuesday.

“Our family is heartbroken to inform you that our beloved ‘coach’ has peacefully passed away surrounded by family. Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained proved too challenging for even him to overcome,” the Teevens family said in a statement released by the school.

"Throughout this journey, we consistently relayed the thoughts, memories, and love sent his way. Your kindness and letters of encouragement did not go unnoticed and were greatly appreciated by both Buddy and our family."

The Pembroke, Massachusetts native was a quarterback at Dartmouth, winning distinction as Ivy League Player of the Year. His coaching record of 117-101-2 is the best in Dartmouth's history.

He also coached at University of Maine, Tulane University, and Stanford.

Player safety advocate

Teevens was more than a coach - he was credited with developing ways to reduce concussions during practices.

His efforts led to the development of the Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic tackling dummy that is used in college football and the NFL.

"His impact both on college football and the NFL has been enormous," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this year. "He has been a leader in making our game safer through breakthrough innovations. He is a pioneer in hiring female coaches, two of whom are currently coaching in the NFL."

College football legend....

Dartmouth also paid tribute to the beloved coach who was "synonymous with Dartmouth football."

“This is tragic news for Dartmouth and the entire football world,” President Sian Leah Beilock and Mike Harrity, the Haldeman Family Director of Athletics and Recreation, said.

"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.”

The school will hold a moment of silence during this weekend's home game against Lehigh.

Teevens is survived by his wife, two children and four grandchildren.

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