HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College’s Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens announced the hiring of Kyle Metzler and Kurtis von Bargen to his staff, plus the promotion of Michael Bruno from director of football operations to assistant coach, just in time for spring practice, which began on Tuesday this week. Metzler will serve as the tight ends and offensive tackles coach, while von Bargen will be the video coordinator and assistant director of football operations.
Metzler spent the past two years coaching the tight ends and fullbacks at his alma mater, Yale University, in his second stint with the Bulldogs. He helped Yale post a record of 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League, twice finishing in a tie for second place, and in 2010, he coached All-Ivy second team tight end Chris Blohm. He also served as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator, specifically covering the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Iowa and Montana.
A four-year starter and letterman at offensive guard for the Bulldogs, Metzler helped his squad to an Ivy League title in 1999, then went on to earn All-Ivy honorable mention as a junior and second-team honors as a senior. After graduating in 2002 with a degree in history, he joined the Yale coaching staff in April of 2003 as the tight ends coach and video coordinator.
Between his coaching stints at Yale, Metzler spent four years as the offensive coordinator at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. In addition to his duties as the offensive coordinator, he was also the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Mariners.
A 2009 graduate of East Carolina with a degree in health education and promotion, von Bargen was a member of the Pirate football team that won a Conference USA title in 2008 and played in three bowl games during his four seasons on the roster. In 2007, he was named East Carolina’s scout team special teams player of the year, then followed that up with the scout team defensive player of the year in 2008. In both of those seasons, he was nominated by the school for the Rudy Award, given by the NCAA to Division I players who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their team.
After earning his degree, von Bargen joined the coaching staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the outside linebackers coach while coordinating the video needs. After one season with the Bears, he was hired at Trinity College to coach the outside linebackers and act as the video coordinator.
Bruno, who joined the staff last summer as the video coordinator before taking on the duties of the director of football operations, will now coach the nickelbacks and serve as the assistant secondary coach. After graduating from St. Lawrence with a degree in mathematics in 2009, Bruno coached the running backs and the defensive line during his two seasons at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before coming to Dartmouth.
The Big Green football team will practice for four weeks on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays (weather permitting), with the Green-White Spring Game to be played on May 5 at 10 a.m.