The Boston Celtics have been searching for a new coach to replace Doc Rivers, and have now hired Brad Stevens as their next head coach. Stevens just released the following statement:
Our family is thrilled for the opportunity given to us by the leadership of the Boston Celtics, but it is emotional to leave a place that we have called home for the past 13 years.
We truly love Butler University and Indianapolis, and are very thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate so many wonderful things together. What makes Butler truly unique is the people that we have been so blessed to work with. When it comes time for our kids to look at schools, we will start with Butler University.
In his six seasons as Butler’s head men’s basketball coach, Stevens compiled a 166-49 record, including a 12-5 record in the NCAA Tournament. His 166 wins is the most for any NCAA Division I basketball coach over the first six years to start a career.
Stevens hasn’t come up in the coaching ranks by the most conventional route, so it’s no surprise he’s making an unprecedented jump from a mid-major to the greatest NBA franchise. He joined the Butler basketball program as a volunteer prior to the 2000–01 season after quitting his job at Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company.
He was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position for the 2001–02 season. On April 4, 2007, he became the head coach after Todd Lickliter left to coach the Iowa Hawkeyes. In his first year, Stevens led Butler to 30 wins, becoming the third-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to have a 30-win season.
In 2010, his third year as head coach, Stevens broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach’s first three years, exceeding the previous record by eight.
But that was just the beginning of his magical run at Butler, as he led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA title games, and became one of the hottest coaching candidates in the nation. After reportedly turning down job offers to elite programs like UCLA this past season, it started to look as though Stevens may just stay at Butler for the long-haul.
Alas, the NBA has swooped in and stolen one of basketball’s best coaches.