Buddy Teevens, a 24-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, was named the Cardinal's Head Football Coach and the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football at Stanford University on January 9, 2002.
Teevens (pronounced TEE-vins), 47, came to The Farm after a career that included 12 years as a college head coach, an Ivy League education, a former Ivy League head coach and three years at one of the nation's elite college football programs.
"I have always admired Stanford University for its success on the field and in the classroom," said Teevens. "It is an honor to be a part of the Stanford family."
Teevens was on Steve Spurrier's staff at the University of Florida for three seasons (1999-2001) prior to coming to The Farm. Teevens was the running backs coach at Florida in 1999. In 2000, he was the passing game coordinator while also coaching tight ends, wide receivers, kickers, snappers and holders. In '01, he was the Assistant Offensive Coordinator and tight ends coach.
Prior to his three years at Florida, Teevens' coaching stops included DePauw University (running backs coach, 1979-80), Boston University (offensive coordinator, 1981-84), Maine (head coach, 1985-86), Dartmouth (head coach, 1987-91), Tulane (head coach, 1992-96) and Illinois (offensive coordinator/receivers, 1997-98).
Teevens was a part of a Florida program considered among the best in college football. He joined the Gator staff in December of 1998 following a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois. His first game for the Gators was the 1999 Orange Bowl. In his three full seasons in Gainesville (1999-2001), 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 season in 2001, the Gators went 10-2, defeated Maryland in the Orange Bowl and finished ranked third in both national polls.
During his three-year tenure at Florida, the Gator offense was ranked among the top two in the SEC in both total offense and passing offense, and among the top-10 teams in the nation in passing yards. In 2001 as Florida's assistant offensive coordinator, Florida ranked first in the SEC and second in the nation in total offense (527.5 ypg), first in the SEC and second in the nation in scoring (43.8 ppg), first in the nation in passing (405.2 ypg), pass efficiency (170.1 rating) and TD passes (43). The Gators also led the nation in yards per play with a 7.36 average.
Also, the Gators' offense, led by QB Rex Grossman, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, was among the best in SEC history in '01. It ranked second in SEC history in passing yards per game and yards per play, tied for second in the SEC record book in TD passes, third in league history in total offense and fourth all-time in total points.
As the Gators' passing game coordinator and receivers coach in 2000, Florida ranked eighth in the nation in passing yardage and ninth in passing efficiency and was among the top three nationally with 34 TD passes. Freshman WR Jabar Gaffney was named the National Freshman Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC while capturing All-America recognition after leading the league in receptions (71), receiving yards (1,184) and TD catches (14). His TD catches and receiving yards was the most ever in NCAA history for a freshman receiver.
The Gators went 10-3 in '00, beat Auburn in the SEC championship game, lost to Miami in the Sugar Bowl and finished ranked 10th in the final AP poll.
In his first season at Florida in 1999, Teevens helped the Gators to a 9-4 record and a No. 12 national ranking in the AP poll. UF advanced to the SEC championship game where it was defeated by Alabama. The Gators were then defeated by Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
Prior to his three-year stint in Gainesville, Teevens was the offensive coordinator and receivers coach at the University of Illinois under head coach Ron Turner.
Teevens was a head coach for 12 seasons at Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane from 1985-96. He compiled an overall record of 50-76-2. His first head coaching assignment was at the University of Maine, where he led the Black Bears to a 13-9 record in 1985 (6-5) and '86 (7-4). It was the first back-to-back winning seasons at Maine in 21 years.
Teevens was then hired by current Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland, then the Athletic Director at Dartmouth, to coach the Big Green, Teevens' alma mater. He stayed at Dartmouth for five seasons (1987-91), leading the Big Green to an overall record of 26-22-2 and two Ivy League championships.
In his fourth season, Teevens' team went 6-1 in 1990 and won the Ivy League title, the school's first outright conference championship since 1978. A year later, Teevens again led Dartmouth to the Ivy League title, this time with a 6-0-1 mark. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1992.
At age 36, Teevens was hired at Tulane in 1992. Over the next five seasons ('92-96), Teevens helped build a program and recruit most of the team that would go a perfect 11-0 during the regular season in 1998. Included among Teevens' recruits was quarterback Shaun King, currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and running back Gerald Sowell. Teevens' five-year record at Tulane was 11-45.
Teevens began his coaching career in 1979 as the running backs coach at Depauw University. After two seasons, he moved to Boston University as the offensive coordinator from 1981-84.
Born October 1, 1956, Teevens earned a B.A. in History from Dartmouth in 1979. He was a three-year letterman for the Big Green and an honorable mention All-America quarterback in 1978. He led Dartmouth to the Ivy League title in '78 while being named the Ivy League and ECAC Division 1-A Player of the Year. He also lettered in ice hockey, helping Dartmouth to a third-place finish at the 1979 NCAA Championships. He played football with Jeff Kemp, Dave Shula and Nick Lowery at Dartmouth.
A native of Pembroke, Massachusetts, Teevens and his wife, the former Kirsten Anderson, have two children: Lindsay (17) and Eugene IV (15).
|1979-80||Depauw University - Running Backs|
|1981-84||Boston University -|
|1985-86||Maine - Head Coach|
|1987-91||Dartmouth - Head Coach|
|1992-96||Tulane - Head Coach|
|1997-98||Illinois - Offensive Coordinator/|
|1999-01||Florida - Running Backs ('99)|
|Passing Game Coordinator/WR/TE/PK/|
|Asst. Offensive Coordinator/TE ('01)|
|2002-04||Stanford - Head Coach|
|1993||Blue-Gray - Tulane|
|1999||Orange Bowl - Florida|
|2000||Citrus Bowl - Florida|
|2001||Sugar Bowl - Florida|
|2002||Orange Bowl - Florida|
Prominent Players Coached
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Florida
Bo Carroll, RB, Florida
Robert Gillespie, RB, Florida
Earnest Graham, RB, Florida
Shaun King, QB, Tulane
JaJuan Dawson, WR, Tulane
Gerald Sowell, RB, Tulane
Jay Fiedler, QB, Dartmouth
Mike Buck, CB, Maine
Billy Brooks, WR, Boston University
The Buddy Teevens File
Full Name: Eugene Francis Teevens III
Hometown: Pembroke, Massachusetts
High School: Silver Lake Regional High School, Kingston, Massachusetts
College: Dartmouth, 1979 (B.A., History)
Wife: Kirsten (former Kirsten Anderson)
Children: Lindsay (17), Eugene IV (15)
Playing Experience: QB, Dartmouth (1975-78)