Valley News – Dartmouth: Teevens in Florida Hospital after biking crash

Published: 03/18/2023 21:49:32

Modified: 03/18/2023 21:49:58

By Tris Wykes

Valley News Editor

Dartmouth College football coach Eugene “Buddy” Teevens is hospitalized in the St. Augustine, Fla., area after an accident Thursday while riding his bicycle, the school said in a statement released Saturday. evening.

No other information was given. Teevens, 66, and his wife, Kirsten, own a second home in St. Augustine, where they spend a lot of time. The Big Green will begin spring training on April 4.

St. Augustine is a city of about 15,000 people, just south of Jacksonville. Teevens is a 1979 Dartmouth graduate who led the Big Green to the Ivy League title in 1978 and also played ice hockey. He is 117-101-2 in two stints as head football coach at his alma mater.

Teevens is known for his fitness and in 2007 he cycled across the country from San Diego to New England, accompanied part of the way by his friend and former teammate David Shula. Now a receivers coach for Dartmouth, Shula was previously the head coach of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Teevens told Dartmouth athletics contributor Bruce Wood shortly before his trip. “I became more interested in cycling as I got older. This takes the stress off your knees and back.

Teevens then joked that his wife, Kirsten’s main concern was ‘that I’m well insured’.

However, Kirsten Teevens was not kidding. She told SI.com that she went to the couple’s insurance agent and maximized their coverage before her husband left.

“He does stuff like that and I’m like, ‘Honey, you’re a psychopath,'” she said.

Laughing Buddy Teevens at the same outlet: “She’s just a worry. It’s not like I’m a big risk taker.

There was precedent for Kirsten Teevens’ concern for her husband, who dreamed aloud of climbing the Matterhorn and running with the Spanish bulls of Pamplona. In 2005, he announced shortly before a vacation in Michigan that he was cycling there and would meet the family when he arrived. It was a sort of test for his ride across the country.

“We were at the end of our driveway, like, ‘Okay, see you. Goodbye,'” Kirsten told SI.com. “Honestly, this man is crazy.”

Moira Teevens Nobili, one of Buddy Teevens’ eight siblings, graduated from Dartmouth in 1987 and was a cross-country and track running star in their father’s alma mater.

Now a mother of four and assistant track and field coach at a high school in Massachusetts, Nobili also cycled across the country at one point. Nobili previously suffered a serious head injury while cycling down the West Coast on a different trip, which led to her brother and mother suffering a tense flight to her bedside.

Buddy Teevens coached Dartmouth from 1987 to 1991, sharing one Ivy League title and winning another. He was a head coach at Tulane University in New Orleans and Stanford and returned to the Big Green in 2005. Dartmouth shared the league title in 2015, 2019 and 2021.

Teevens was honored as New England Coach of the Year in 1990, 2015 and 2019. He has a daughter, Lindsay Knittle, and a son, Buddy Jr., who both live in Lebanon with their spouses and their children.

Asked in 2010 when her husband could retire, Kirsten Teevens found humor in the question.

“It doesn’t really come to mind because he’s always up and swimming or cycling for three hours and then later he can go for a run,” she said. “I think a lot of that is how he handles stress. He’s not going to slow down.”

Tris Wykes can be reached at [email protected]


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