Excerpts from this release on the Dartmouth University website, signed by Sian Leah Beilock. President, and Mike Harrity, Haldeman Family Director of Athletics and Recreation
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we write to share that Eugene F. "... He was a beloved coach and an innovative, inspirational leader who helped shape the lives of generations of students. Interim Head Coach Sammy McCorkle spoke to the football team with Mike this evening after practice... The team will play this weekend as Buddy would have wanted, hosting Lehigh on Saturday at Memorial Field at 1:30 p.m. There will be a moment of silence prior to the game and a gathering of remembrance afterward.... Football had been Buddy's North Star since his days as a Big Green quarterback, where he excelled, being named an Ivy League Player of the Year in 1978, the year he led Dartmouth football to the Ivy League title. Also that year, he was named an honorable mention All-American quarterback. Forty-one years later, in 2019, he became the winningest coach in Dartmouth football history.
Buddy served as a head coach for more than 30 years, including 22 seasons at Dartmouth. He spent two years at Maine, first coached the Big Green from 1987 through 1991, sharing the Ivy League title in 1990 and winning it outright the following year. He also coached at Tulane and Stanford, then returned to Dartmouth in 2005 and led the team to a share of the Ivy League crown in 2015, 2019, and 2021.
At Dartmouth, Buddy was honored as Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021. His record as Dartmouth head coach was 117-101-2, including 83-70-1 in Ivy League play.
Buddy was nationally known for his drive to make football safer. He reduced full-contact practices by focusing on technique, leading to the development at Thayer School of Engineering of the Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic tackling dummy that has also been used by other college programs and NFL teams.
For 25 years, Buddy was part of the Manning Passing Academy, and through the camp in 2018 he hired Callie Brownson at Dartmouth, where she became the first full-time female Division I coach in football.
Buddy was a Dartmouth original. He will be greatly missed and dearly remembered by so many members of the community whose lives he touched and changed for the better.