Dartmouth soccer coach Buddy Teevens, an innovator and the varsity’s winningest coach, dies at 66

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Teevens handed away Tuesday because of accidents sustained in a bicycle accident in March.

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens celebrates a win in 2006.
Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens celebrates with the workforce after a win over Columbia in October 2006. Paul Hawthorne/AP Picture, File

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Buddy Teevens, the progressive Ivy League soccer coach who introduced robotic tackling dummies to Dartmouth practices, died Tuesday of accidents he sustained from a bicycle accident in March. He was 66.

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Faculty president Sian Leah Beilock and athletic director Mike Harrity introduced Teevens’ demise in a letter to the Dartmouth group.

“Our household is heartbroken to tell you that our beloved ‘coach’ has peacefully handed away surrounded by household. Sadly, the accidents he sustained proved too difficult for even him to beat,” the Teevens household mentioned in an announcement to Dartmouth. “All through this journey, we constantly relayed the ideas, recollections, and love despatched his manner. Your kindness and letters of encouragement didn’t go unnoticed and had been significantly appreciated by each Buddy and our household.”

Teevens had his proper leg amputated following the accident in Florida. Teevens and his spouse, Kirsten, had been driving on a street within the St. Augustine space when he was struck by a pickup March 16.

Kirsten Teevens mentioned her husband additionally suffered a spinal twine harm within the accident. The couple had moved to Boston to proceed his rehabilitation nearer to family members.

Buddy Teevens’ longtime assistant, Sammy McCorkle, has been main the Dartmouth soccer workforce this season as interim coach. The Huge Inexperienced opened the season final weekend with a loss to New Hampshire.

The varsity mentioned McCorkle knowledgeable the workforce of Teevens’ demise Tuesday, and the Huge Inexperienced deliberate to play its house opener Saturday towards Lehigh. There can be a second of silence previous to the sport and a gathering of remembrance afterward, the varsity mentioned.

Teevens was a former star Dartmouth quarterback who went on to change into the varsity’s all-time wins chief with a 117-101-2 file in 23 seasons. He coached the Huge Inexperienced from 1987-1991 and returned in 2005. His groups have gained or shared 5 Ivy League championships.

In 1978, he was the Ivy League participant of the yr, main Dartmouth to a league title.

He started his teaching profession at Maine and in between his stints at Dartmouth he served as head coach at Tulane and Stanford. He was additionally an assistant at Illinois and at Florida below Corridor of Fame coach Steve Spurrier.

However his lasting legacy can be in his efforts to make soccer safer.

He lowered full-contact practices by specializing in approach, whereas nonetheless main profitable groups.

He additionally led the event by Dartmouth’s engineering faculty of the the Cell Digital Participant, a robotic tackling dummy that has additionally been utilized by different school applications and NFL groups.

Teevens additionally tried to create extra alternatives for ladies in school soccer, hiring Callie Brownson to be an offensive high quality management coach for the Huge Inexperienced in 2018. She was believed to be the primary full-time Division I feminine soccer coach.

“Buddy was a Dartmouth authentic,” Beilock and Harrity mentioned of their letter. “He can be significantly missed and dearly remembered by so many members of the group whose lives he touched and altered for the higher.”

Teevens is survived by his spouse, their daughter, Lindsay, and son, Buddy Jr., together with 4 grandchildren.