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BOSTON, Mass. — Positive Coaching Alliance today announced the appointment of Buddy Teevens, the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach at Dartmouth College, to its National Advisory Board. PCA’s National Advisory Board is comprised of a group of current and former professional, college and Olympic coaches and athletes, world-class researchers and authors on sports and educational psychology, and academic, business and organizational leaders who have volunteered to help PCA achieve its mission of developing Better Athletes, Better People through sports done right.

As a leader in player safety, innovation, and positive coaching, PCA is excited to welcome Coach Teevens as the newest member of its National Advisory Board. Coach Teevens has had a significant impact on football by instituting a “no tackling in practice” rule which reduced injuries at Dartmouth by 80 percent and has been adopted across the Ivy League and in many youth and high school programs nationwide. He has also encouraged the development and implementation of the MVP (Mobile Virtual Player), created at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and focused on the development of his players as “great football players at football time, great students at academic time, and great guys all of the time.”

PCA’s National Advisory Board Members serve as brand ambassadors and provide advice and contributions to the organization’s workshops and online courses, books, free resources, and events. Coach Teevens joins top football athletes and coaches, including Steve Young, David Shaw and Pat Fitzgerald, on PCA’s National Advisory Board. Here in New England, Coach Teevens joins PCA’s National Advisory Board members Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy, Tommy Amaker, Tom Beckett, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Kristine Lilly, Chris Nowinski, Bob Scalise, Brad Stevens, Katey Stone and Jerry York.

“I appreciate the opportunity to impact young athletes in a positive way. PCA is a leader in character development and in training coaches. I am thrilled to join PCA’s National Advisory Board to help spread the PCA message across the United States,” said Teevens, who played football and hockey at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Massachusetts and at Dartmouth College before going on to a football coaching career that took him from Maine to Dartmouth to Tulane to Stanford, and back to Dartmouth again.

“I'm excited that Buddy has joined PCA’s National Advisory Board,” said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. “His commitment to give back to youth and his platform as the head coach of Dartmouth College’s football team will be very helpful as PCA works to transform youth sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People anywhere kids play sports, especially football.”

PCA will welcome Coach Teevens to its National Advisory Board at a special Game Day Lunch celebrating Dartmouth Football and Coach Teevens on Friday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. For more information on the lunch, contact Beth O’Neill Maloney, Executive Director, PCA-New England at 617-460-5181 or beth_maloney@positivecoach.org or go to www.positivecoach.org/teevens.

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to develop BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. PCA combines the best practices of top coaches, athletes, leaders, sports psychologists, and academics to develop powerful resources for everyone involved in sports for young athletes — coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA helps create a positive, character-building sports culture for young athletes by partnering with schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver workshops, online courses, books and free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org.