Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Author2 Minute Learn
Dartmouth soccer coach Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens, who launched modern strategies to make the game safer, died Tuesday because of issues from accidents sustained in a March bicycle accident. He was 66.
Teevens, Dartmouth’s all-time winningest coach, had two stints as head coach at his alma mater, going 117-101-2 with 5 Ivy League championships.
In March, he was struck by a truck whereas using his bicycle in Florida. He sustained spinal wire accidents, and his proper leg needed to be amputated.
Dartmouth introduced in Might that assistant Sammy McCorkle would function interim coach throughout the 2023 season. Teevens moved to Boston over the summer season to proceed his rehabilitation from the accident.
“All through this journey, we constantly relayed the ideas, reminiscences, and love despatched his method,” Teevens’ household stated in an announcement launched by means of Dartmouth. “Your kindness and letters of encouragement didn’t go unnoticed and had been enormously appreciated by each Buddy and our household. We’re assured and take consolation in the truth that he handed away figuring out how a lot he was cherished and admired.”
McCorkle and athletic director Mike Harrity knowledgeable the staff of Teevens’ loss of life after Tuesday’s follow. Teevens had overseen this system since 2005 and in addition from 1987 to 1991. He led Dartmouth to shared Ivy League championships in 1990, 2015, 2019 and 2021 and an outright title in 1991.
In 2010, he turned the primary coach to remove full-contact practices all year long, a technique adopted all through the Ivy League in 2016. Teevens’ efforts led Dartmouth’s engineering faculty to create the Cell Digital Participant, a robotic tackling gadget utilized by different faculty groups and within the NFL.
“His impression each on faculty soccer and the NFL has been huge,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated of Teevens throughout the 2023 NFL draft. “He has been a frontrunner in making our sport safer by means of breakthrough improvements. He’s a pioneer in hiring feminine coaches, two of whom are presently teaching within the NFL.”
Teevens first turned a head coach at Maine in 1986 and held two such FBS jobs, at Tulane and Stanford, the place he went a mixed 21-68 total.
He performed quarterback at Dartmouth and earned Ivy League Participant of the 12 months honors in 1978, when the Large Inexperienced received the convention title. Teevens additionally performed hockey on the faculty.
Dartmouth will maintain a second of silence for Teevens earlier than this week’s residence sport towards Lehigh.
“That is tragic information for Dartmouth and your complete soccer world,” Dartmouth president Sian Leah Beilock and Harrity stated in a joint assertion. “Buddy not solely was synonymous with Dartmouth soccer, he was a beloved coach and an modern, inspirational chief who helped form the lives of generations of scholars.”