Stanford University Names Buddy Teevens Head Football Coach

Jan. 9, 2002

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Stanford, Calif. - Buddy Teevens, a 23-year veteran of the college coaching ranks and most recently the Assistant Offensive Coordinator at the University of Florida, today was named the head football coach at Stanford University. Athletic Director Ted Leland made the announcement at a news conference on the Stanford campus.

Teevens (pronounced TEE-vins), 45, comes to The Farm after a 23-year coaching career that includes 12 years as a head coach. He was on Steve Spurrier's staff at Florida the past three seasons (1999-2001).

'After a nationwide search, interviews with several very qualified candidates and discussions with members of the Stanford community, I am proud to announce Buddy Teevens as the new head football coach at Stanford University,' said Leland, who began his search for a replacement for Tyrone Willingham on December 31. 'Buddy is a man of high integrity and character, a great coach and teacher, and a man committed to the highest standards of academic and athletic performance. I am anxious for Buddy to begin his leadership role with our football program and for the Stanford community to get to know him.'

'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, and I am excited about the opportunity to be the head football coach for one of the finest universities in the country.' Teevens was a part of a Florida program considered among the elite 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. Teevens was the Assistant Offensive Coordinator and coached tight ends this past year as the Gators went 10-2, defeated Maryland in the Orange Bowl and finished ranked third in both national polls.

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.

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, Teevens' offense last season, led by QB Rex Grossman, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, was among the best in SEC history. 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.

'Coach Teevens is a great coach and a great person,' said Grossman. 'He's a smart guy, and I know the Stanford players are going to love him. He gave the best pregame speech we had all year at LSU, and he got the team all fired up [UF beat the future SEC Champs 44-15 in Baton Rouge]. He's a great motivator, a positive coach, and I know he's going to do a great job at Stanford.'

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 has been a head coach for 12 seasons at Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. He led Maine to winning seasons in 1985 and '86, the first back-to-back winning seasons for the school in 21 years. While at Dartmouth, he led the Big Green to two straight Ivy League titles in 1990 and '91, including the school's first outright championship since 1978. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1992. While at Tulane, Teevens is credited with recruiting most of the team that posted a perfect 11-0 regular season mark in 1998. Included among Teevens' recruits was quarterback Shaun King, currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After 12 years as a head coach, Teevens moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Illinois in 1997 and '98. There, he coached running back Robert Holcombe, who set Illinois' all-time rushing record and was a second round pick in the NFL Draft.

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 (15) and Eugene IV (13).

'Leading the Stanford football program takes a very special individual-someone who is as comfortable in a classroom as on the field,' said Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy. 'In Buddy Teevens, we have found just such a person-someone whose tremendous coaching talent is matched by a comparable dedication to his players' academic success. That kind of combination is cherished at Stanford, and we are extremely happy to welcome Coach Teevens to the Cardinal fold.'

The Buddy Teevens File

Personal Information
Full Name: Eugene Francis Teevens III
Born: October 1, 1956
Hometown: Pembroke, Massachusetts
High School: Silver Lake Regional High School, Kingston, Massachusetts
College: Dartmouth, 1979 (B.A., History)
Family: Wife, Kirsten (former Kirsten Anderson), Children, Lindsay (15), Eugene IV (13)
Playing Experience: QB, Dartmouth (1975-78)

Coaching Assignments
Years - School-Position(s)

1979-80 - Depauw University Running Backs
1981-84 - Boston University Offensive Coordinator
1985-86 - Maine Head Coach
1987-91 - Dartmouth Head Coach
1992-96 - Tulane Head Coach
1997-98 - Illinois Offensive Coordinator/Receivers
1999-2001 - Florida
'99 - Running Backs
'00 - Passing Game Coordinator/WR/TE/PK/Snappers/Holders
'01 - Assistant Offensive Coordinator/TE

Coaching Highlights

  • In three years at Florida, the Gator offense ranked among the top-two in the SEC in both total offense and passing offense, and among the top-10 in the nation in passing offense.
  • Coached in four bowl games at Florida, including the 2002 Orange Bowl.
  • As assistant offensive coordinator in 2001, Florida's offense ranked among the best in SEC history.
  • At Illinois, coached Robert Holcombe, who set Illinois' all-time rushing record in 1997.
  • Recruited most of the team at Tulane that posted a perfect 11-0 regular season record in 1998.
  • Coached Dartmouth to two straight Ivy League titles in 1990 and '91, including the school's first outright title since 1978.
  • Named New England Coach of the Year in 1992.
  • Led Maine to winning seasons in 1985 and '86, the first back-to-back winning seasons at the school in 21 years.

    Bowl Experience
    Year Bowl School

    1999 Orange Bowl Florida
    2000 Citrus Bowl Florida
    2001 Sugar Bowl Florida
    2002 Orange Bowl Florida

    Prominent Players Coached

  • WR Jabar Gaffney, Florida
  • QB Rex Grossman, Florida
  • RB Bo Carroll, Florida
  • RB Robert Gillespie, Florida
  • RB Earnest Graham, Florida
  • RB Robert Holcombe, Illinois
  • QB Shaun King, Tulane
  • WR JaJuan Dawson, Tulane
  • QB Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth
  • CB Mike Buck, Maine
  • WR Billy Brooks, Boston University
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