Buddy Teevens, who is the head coach for the Dartmouth football team, had his right leg amputated after a bicycle accident that nearly left him dead.
In late March, the college football coach was riding his bike in St. Augustine, Florida when he was struck by a pickup truck traveling at 50 mph. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 66-year-old was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. As a result of the crash, he suffered spinal cord injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol also noted in their report that the incident “was not in a crosswalk or designated crossing area” and Teevens’ bicycle had “no illuminated lights” to make him more visible to pedestrians and traveling vehicles.
At the initial time of the incident, he was said to be in critical condition when he was transported to a nearby hospital in Jacksonville. However, the Teevens family remained silent until further clarification could be given on the coach’s health. In March, his wife Kirsten shared, “He has sustained serious injuries and is currently hospitalized. He is a healthy man and hopefully, he will have a full recovery. We are very appreciative of all the support and the outpouring of love.”
This week, his wife released a statement that discussed the severity of his injuries and the next steps doctors recommended. “We would like to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support for Buddy,” she began.
Kirstin Teevens says her husband underwent amputation following the biking accident.
“It has been nothing short of amazing and we are so grateful. As Buddy navigates through the healing of his injuries, he is experiencing many positive improvements,” Kirstin continued. She proceeded to reveal, “Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, Buddy’s right leg was amputated due to the severity of the injury.”
Teevens, who has coached Dartmouth College for the last 23 seasons, is reportedly showing significant signs of improvement and his wife was pleased to inform fans that he is alert.
“He is alert and communicating with us and ready for transfer to a premier rehab facility to continue healing,” Teevens’ wife wrote. “Spinal cord injuries are challenging, and if anybody is up for the challenge, it is Buddy. We appreciate your continued respect for our privacy as we navigate this ongoing recovery process as a family.”
Since the injury, associate head coach Sammy McCorkle has been leading the Ivy League football team.
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