Buddy Teevens

In Memoriam

National Advisory Board

Buddy Teevens, 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 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. After knocking on the door of another league title for several years, the Big Green broke through once again in 2015, earning a share of the title with a 6-1 record and 9-1 mark overall.

As a leader in player safety, innovation, and positive coaching, 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.”