Beloved Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens has died at age 66 from injuries sustained in a tragic bicycle accident in March.
Teevens passed away peacefully on Tuesday surrounded by family, according to a statement from his loved ones. He had his right leg amputated after being struck by a pickup truck while riding bikes with his wife Kirsten in Florida on March 16. Teevens also suffered a spinal cord injury that he had been rehabilitating from in Boston.
Teevens was a former star quarterback at Dartmouth and went on to become the winningest coach in the school’s history during his 23 seasons leading the Big Green football program over two stints. He led Dartmouth to five Ivy League championships and pioneered efforts to make football safer by reducing full-contact practices and utilizing robotic tackling dummies.
Longtime assistant Sammy McCorkle has taken over as interim coach this season. The team plans to honor Teevens with a moment of silence and remembrance gathering after playing their home opener on Saturday.
Beyond wins and losses, Teevens left a meaningful legacy with his innovative approach to practice, his opportunities for women in coaching, and the countless lives he impacted as a beloved mentor and leader. His absence leaves a void at Dartmouth and in college football.
Teevens is survived by his wife, their two children, and four grandchildren. The Dartmouth community mourns the passing of this one-of-a-kind coach and innovator who made lasting contributions on and off the field.
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