At a press conference on January 5, Director of Athletics JoAnn "Josie" Harper announced that Eugene F. "Buddy" Teevens III '79, would return to Dartmouth as Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach. Teevens led the College to consecutive Ivy League titles in 1990 and 1991 in a previous stint as head football coach from 1987 to 1991.
"I can't tell you how excited I am to be back," he said, "people want to win here at Dartmouth and they are not afraid to say they want to win." Teevens highlighted his commitment to high academic performance by the football team, saying that "there's no reason to underachieve." He also said that he would like to see his players perform their best on the playing field and make contributions to the College community. He also stressed his commitment to recruiting better student-athletes and improving Dartmouth's athletic facilities.
President Wright said at the press conference, "I'm delighted that Buddy Teevens is returning to Dartmouth ... his accomplishments as a student, an athlete and a coach, combined with his experience nationally and his knowledge of the Ivy League, make him the ideal person to lead Dartmouth football."
A native of Pembroke, Mass., Teevens played football as a quarterback and co-captained the 1978 team, earning an All-America quarterback honorable mention and leading the team to the Ivy title. He also lettered in hockey and was awarded the Alfred W. Watson trophy as Dartmouth's outstanding athlete. After graduation, he served successively as the running-back coach at DePauw University, offensive coordinator at Boston University and the head football coach at the University of Maine. He led the Maine Black Bears to two consecutive winning seasons with a 13-9 record. As Dartmouth football coach, he led the team to two Ivy League titles with an overall 26-22-2 record.
He was appointed head coach at Tulane University in 1991 and rebuilt the team that went 11-0 in 1998. He later served at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida, helping lead the Gators to a 29-9 record and three bowl games during his three seasons with them. Most recently he served as the head football coach at Stanford University. Teevens has a 60-99-2 record in his 15 years as a head coach.
With its first season in 1881, Dartmouth football has an all-time record of 635-378-46. Since the inception of Ivy League football in 1956, Dartmouth has the best record in the League with the most wins, the most championships, the highest league and overall win-loss record and has produced the most All-Ivy first team players. Currently, Dartmouth stands at 211-123-9 Ivy.
By ADIL W. AHMAD '05
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