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.
Teevens, 55, 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, Dartmouth won the outright championship with a 6-0-1 mark. His overall record at Dartmouth is 41-67-2.
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. Nick Schwieger ’12 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 Coach Teevens.
The success continued the following year as Dartmouth tied for second in the league with a 4-3 mark, its best finish in eight years. Schwieger continued to run wild, piling up 1,310 yards on the ground to rank second nationally in
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.
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 and, in 2007, opening of the new Floren Varsity House that includes training, dressing and meeting facilities. This new building is part of a project that included the refurbishment of the east grandstand at Memorial Field.
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 22 years as a head coach, Teevens' record is 80-149-2.
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 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 throughout 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 and Matt live in Lebanon, N.H. and Buddy Jr. and family are living in Atlanta.