|Position:||Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach|
|The Robert L. Blackman
Head Football Coach
|A gift from a 1968 Dartmouth graduate and former football star endowed the college's head football coaching position in honor of his former coach.
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Eugene F. (Buddy) Teevens III, who as a player led Dartmouth to the 1978 Ivy League championship and as a coach led Dartmouth football to back-to-back Ivy League titles in 1990 and 1991, returned as the head coach of the Big Green football program in 2005 and won another title in 2015.
Teevens, 58, was Dartmouth’s coach from 1987 through 1991. During his final two seasons, the Big Green posted identical overall records of 7-2-1. With a 6-1 record, Dartmouth shared the 1990 Ivy title with Cornell. In 1991, the Green won the outright championship with a 6-0-1 mark. His overall record at Dartmouth is 75-83-2.
Teevens has returned the Big Green to their glory days with a share of the Ivy League crown in 2015 with a 6-1 conference record and 9-1 mark overall to finish the season ranked 23rd among the FCS schools, the first national ranking for Dartmouth since its last Ivy title 19 years prior. The only game that kept the Green from a perfect 10-0 record was a 14-13 heartbreaker in the final minute at Harvard. Quarterback Dalyn Williams set numerous career passing and total offense records for the program, and linebacker Will McNamara was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year while eight players were named to the All-Ivy League First Team.
Before the most recent championship, Dartmouth narrowly missed out on conference crowns in each of the previous three seasons. In 2014, Dartmouth posted its best record in 17 years by going 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the league. Only a 23-12 defeat to Harvard blemished the league mark as the Green finished second to the Crimson in the standings. The team had a school-record 10 first-team All-Ivy honors and 17 in all, while quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 was a finalist for the Bushnell Cup after setting a school record with a 67.5 percent completion rate to go with 2,119 yards, 21 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.
In 2013, Dartmouth went 5-2 in league play, defeating 19th-ranked Princeton in the season finale to hand the Tigers their only conference loss and keep them from an outright title. Harvard won a share of the crown, but only because it defeated the Green on a field goal in the final minute of play. Dartmouth had five players earn a spot on the All-Ivy League First Team and 15 earn all-conference honors in all, including running back Dominick Pierre ’14, who became the fifth Big Green back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. All five played for Teevens.
The year prior, Dartmouth missed out on a share of the Ivy title by a mere eight points while Dalyn Williams was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. Nine other players earned All-Ivy honors, including four on the first team.
The Teevens family, clockwise from left: Eugene IV, Buddy, Kirsten, Lindsay and Matt Knittle.
In 2011, the Big Green tied for second in the conference standings (their best finish in eight years) as Nick Schwieger ’12 ran wild, piling up 1,310 yards on the ground to rank second nationally and earn Third-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press.
The 2010 season brought a return to the traditional winning ways of Dartmouth football as the Big Green secured its first winning season in 13 years with a 6-4 overall record. Schwieger shared the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s co-MVP by rushing for a conference-best 1,133 yards, the second most ever for a Dartmouth back, and became the fourth Big Green player to earn the award under Teevens.
Teevens holds the Robert L. Blackman Endowed Coaching Position, named in memory of Bob Blackman, who coached Dartmouth from 1955 to 1970, and created through the gift of Henry M. (Hank) Paulson ‘68, an outstanding offensive tackle who played for Blackman from 1965-67.
"It is always a treat to have former students of mine back in town. His accomplishments here as a student, an athlete and a coach, combined with his experience nationally and knowledge of the Ivy League, make him the ideal person to lead Dartmouth football."
~ Former Dartmouth President James Wright
In addition to restoring Dartmouth’s rich football tradition, Teevens has been an integral force in a series of major improvements to Dartmouth’s football facilities, including installation of a FieldTurf surface on Memorial Field for the 2006 season, the opening of the new Floren Varsity House in 2007 that includes training, dressing and meeting facilities, and the addition of lights prior to the 2011 campaign. Dartmouth will also be replacing the West stands and press box after the 2014 season for a more comfortable setting to watch the Big Green.
Teevens succeeded John Lyons at the helm of the Big Green and is the 21st coach in the program’s 125-year history. Teevens was Dartmouth’s 19th coach during his first tenure.
From 2002 through 2004, Teevens was the head coach at Stanford University. Prior to that, Teevens was on Steve Spurrier’s staff at the University of Florida from 1998 to 2001. In 1999, Teevens was Florida’s running backs coach. In 2000, he was the passing game coordinator while also coaching tight ends, wide receivers, kickers, snappers and holders. The following year, he was the assistant offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.
His first game with the Gators was the 1999 Orange Bowl. In his three full seasons at Florida, the Gators went 29-9, participated in three bowl games and finished among the top 12 in the final polls each season. In his final year in 2001, the Gators went 10-2, defeated Maryland in the Orange Bowl and finished ranked third in both national polls.
From 1997 to 1998, Teevens was the offensive coordinator and receivers coach at the University of Illinois under Ron Turner.
From 1992-96, Teevens was the head coach at Tulane University. He rebuilt that program and recruited most of the team that went 11-0 in 1998.
Teevens began his coaching career in 1979 as the running backs coach at DePauw University. In 1980, he became the offensive coordinator at Boston University and remained with the Terrier program until 1985 when he was appointed the head football coach at the University of Maine.
He led the Black Bears to a 6-5 record in 1985 and a 7-4 mark in 1986, the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons in 21 years.
In 25 years as a head coach, Teevens’ record is 100-159-2.
At Dartmouth, Teevens was honored as the New England Coach of the Year for the 1991 season. The Big Green’s Ivy title that year was the school’s first outright championship since 1978.
Highly regarded in football circles, Teevens has been an integral part of the famed Manning Passing Academy since its inception 18 years ago. He serves as an associate director of the camp, overseeing all aspects of the on-field operation and coaching staff. He also has been on panels for “Practice Like Pros” to extol the virtues of cutting down on full-contact practices by focusing on technique, which in turn limits injuries suffered in practice and in games.
Born October 1, 1956, Teevens earned an A.B. degree in history from Dartmouth in 1979. An honorable mention All-America quarterback in 1978, he led the Big Green to the Ivy title that year. He was named the Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Year and played in the Blue-Gray Classic. Co-captain of the 1978 team (6-3, 6-1 in Ivy games), Teevens was the squad’s most valuable player. He also lettered in hockey, helping Dartmouth to a third-place finish at the 1979 NCAA championship. He was voted the Alfred W. Watson Trophy as Dartmouth’s outstanding athlete.
The name Teevens is intertwined through Dartmouth athletic history. Buddy’s father, the late Eugene F. Teevens II ‘52, was a hockey letterwinner. His younger brother, Shaun ‘82, was a two-sport athlete in football and hockey and also a recipient of the Watson Trophy. A sister, Moira ‘87, captained the women’s cross country and track teams and earned All-Ivy and All-East recognition as a runner.
A native of Pembroke, Mass., Teevens and his wife, Kirsten, have two children: Lindsay lives in Lebanon, N.H., with her husband, Matt, and Buddy Jr. (who joined the staff in the summer of 2014) lives in Hanover with his wife, McKeanna, and son, Eugene V.