Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens had his right leg amputated and suffered spinal cord injuries after getting in a bicycling accident in March.
Teevens, 66, and his wife, Kirsten, were biking in St. Augustine, Fla. when the football coach was hit by a pickup truck.
Kirsten released a statement Tuesday providing an update on the condition of her husband, who has been Dartmouth’s football coach for the last 17 years.
“As Buddy navigates through the healing of his injuries, he is experiencing many positive improvements,” the statement said.
“Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, Buddy’s right leg was amputated due to the severity of the injury. He is alert and communicating with us and ready for transfer to a premier rehab facility to continue healing.
“Spinal cord injuries are challenging, and if anybody is up for the challenge, it is Buddy. We appreciate your continued respect of our privacy as we navigate this ongoing recovery process as a family.”
The Valley News in New Hampshire reported at the time of the accident that Teevens was crossing a thoroughfare on his bike when he was struck by a 40-year-old woman.
The preliminary report said that Teevens “was not in a crosswalk or designated crossing area,” that he did not have “illuminated lights” on his bike and that he was not wearing a helmet.
“I have known Coach since I was 12 years old when I attended Tulane football camp,” former Giants quarterback Eli Manning tweeted at the time. “There is not a better man.”
Teevens has worked at the famed Manning Passing Academy.
Teevens played quarterback for Dartmouth from 1975-78 and then went into coaching, as running backs coach at Depauw.
He became offensive coordinator at Boston University in 1981, and then was head coach at Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96).
After working as an assistant coach at Illinois and Florida, Teevens returned to the head coaching ranks at Stanford from 2002-04, before rejoining Dartmouth in 2005.
Teevens has a 117-101-2 record at Dartmouth and his teams have won or tied for five Ivy League championships.
Sammy McCorkle, Dartmouth’s associate head coach, has been serving as acting head coach while Teevens recovers.
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