A beloved college football coach has died from his injuries several months after a brutal bicycle accident.
Eugene Teevens, who called himself Buddy, led the team at Dartmouth College before he died Tuesday at age 66.
The trainer severed his spinal cord in the bicycle accident in March and later had to have his right leg amputated, a local ABC affiliate reports WMUR reported.
“Our family is heartbroken to announce that our beloved ‘Coach’ passed away peacefully surrounded by his family,” Teevens’ relatives said in a statement Approved from the university.
“Unfortunately, the injuries he sustained proved too difficult for even him to overcome.”
During his college years, Teevens was a quarterback at Dartmouth and received the Ivy League Player of the Year award in 1978.
After stints as head coach at Tulane University and Stanford University, he led the college team for 22 seasons.
In 2019, Teevens became the winningest coach in program history.
He was known nationally for his focus on protecting players from concussions.
“The team will play this weekend as Buddy would have wanted, hosting Lehigh at Memorial Field on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.,” Dartmouth’s statement said.
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“There will be a minute’s silence before the game and a memorial service afterwards.”
Teevens is survived by his wife Kirsten, their children Lindsay and Buddy Jr. and four grandchildren.
Tributes to the coach poured in on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
“We love you, Coach,” one user said.
“Prayers for the family and friends of Buddy Teevens.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all the players he coached. Forever in our hearts.”
Another described him as an impeccable role model.
“Coach Buddy Teevens was a role model of class, competitive spirit and integrity,” they said said.
“Coach, we will miss you.”