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Brad Stevens      

Former Butler Basketball Coach and Current Boston Celtics Coach

Call Brad Stevens a quick learner. In just ten years, he went from a promising business career to one of the most successful head coaching starts in the history of the NCAA Division I.

Only three coaches in NCAA Division I history - Bill Guthridge, North Carolina (34), Bill Hodges, Indiana State (33) and Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh (31) - posted more first-year wins than the Butler coach. And at 31, Stevens became the third-youngest Division I coach to guide his team to 30 wins - the youngest in more than half a century!

In addition to becoming the first mens basketball coach in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to 30 wins, Stevens broke the 34-game Butler coaching record (28-6) shared by three coaches. He moved into seventh place on Butlers all-time list for coaching victories after just one season.

Stevens, 33, was introduced as the new mens basketball head coach at Butler University on April 4, 2007, just three days after his former boss, Todd Lickliter, was named head coach at the University of Iowa. Stevens became the third consecutive former Butler assistant coach to be named head coach of the Bulldogs, and he served under the previous two - Thad Matta and Lickliter.

Stevens worked with Lickliter for six seasons, 2001-07. During his tenure as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs, Butler compiled a 131-61 record, won three Horizon League regular season championships and made four trips to postseason tournament play. In 2006- 07, Butler compiled a 29-7 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs won the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the team was ranked in the Top 25 of both the Associated Press (A.P.) and ESPN/USA Today national polls for 16 consecutive weeks.

Stevens joined the Bulldogs staff in 2000-01 as coordinator of basketball operations, handling a variety of administrative duties. He was offered a full-time assistant coaching position by Lickliter in 2001-02.

The Butler coach left a position as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis in June of 2000 to pursue a career in basketball coaching. He served in a volunteer capacity in Butlers basketball office during the summer of 2000, before eventually gaining a full-time administrative position on the Bulldogs staff under Matta in the fall of 2000.

Stevens completed a stellar high school basketball career in 1995 as the all-time basketball scoring leader at Zionsville High School in Indiana. During his prep career, he set team all-time records for three-point field goals and assists. He went on to earn all-conference and academic all-conference honors as a four-year member of the basketball team at DePauw University. He was team captain and received the squads Coaches Award in 1998-99.

Stevens earned a B.A. degree in economics from DePauw in 1999. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, son Brady and daughter Kinsley.


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