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Jan. 5, 2005

HANOVER, N.H. -- 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, will return as the head coach of the Big Green football program.

Teevens, 48, coached Dartmouth 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, Dartmouth won the outright championship with a 6-0-1 mark. His overall record at Dartmouth was 26-22-2.

Teevens will hold 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.

"I'm delighted that Buddy Teevens is returning to Dartmouth," said President James Wright. "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. We look forward to working with Buddy as Dartmouth football asserts its traditional prominence in the league."

Director of Athletics Josie Harper is scheduled to introduce Teevens at a 3 p.m. news conference on Wednesday. "Everyone says that timing in life is everything," said Harper. "The time is perfect for Buddy to return to Hanover to combine two of his passions -- his expertise and knowledge in the game of football and his love for Dartmouth College."

Most recently, Teevens was the head coach at Stanford University from 2002 through 2004. 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.

At age 36, Teevens was appointed the head coach at Tulane University in December 1991, and headed the Green Wave program through the 1996 season. He helped rebuild the 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 June 1980, he was named the offensive coordinator at Boston University. He remained with the Terrier program until March 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 15 years as a head coach, Teevens' record is 60-99-2.

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.

Born October 1, 1956, Teevens earned a B.A. 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, 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, and Buddy's younger brother, Shaun '82, was a two-sport athlete in football and hockey and also a recipient of the Watson Trophy. A sister, Moira, is a member of the Class of 1987. She captained the women's cross country and track teams and earned All-Ivy and All-East recognition as a runner.

Teevens succeeds John Lyons at the helm of the Big Green and is the 21st coach in the program's 123-year history. Teevens was Dartmouth's 19th coach during his first tenure.

A native of Pembroke, Mass., Teevens and his wife, Kirsten, have two children, Lindsay, 18, and Eugene IV, 16.