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The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday they were hiring Butler University coach Brad Stevens as the team’s new head coach.
Stevens has been the head coach at Butler since 2007 and took the team to the national championships in 2010 and 2011. The 36-year-old is also an alum of DePauw University, where he earned four varsity letters.
“Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic,” Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in a press release. “His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.”
At a press conference Wednesday, Butler officials praised the work Stevens’ had done at their university.
“While we have every confidence that our student athletes and our program will continue on without skipping a beat, we appreciate Brad and have had a special relationship with him and that will continue,” Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier said.
Watch the full press conference via WISH TV.
Collier says his department has already begun the search for a new coach.
And as Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz explains, the Celtics are in a rebuilding year. That could make the transition difficult for Stevens, but also provide some opportunities.
“This, however, will be a tough adjustment, in large part because the Celtics are rebuilding. They traded away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Celtics will be one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference next season, unless GM Danny Ainge can pull some rabbits out of his hat this summer. As the Celtics now stand, though, they are in rebuilding mode, which might just be the right thing for a young coach with no NBA experience.”
Butler University officials said they learned about Stevens’ departure earlier in the day Wednesday.