The Boston Celtics were reportedly looking to add a young mind as their next head coach rather than a veteran with NBA experience and they certainly followed through with that plan. On Wednesday evening, the news surfaced that Butler Bulldogs basketball coach Brad Stevens would be leaving the college ranks to fill the head coaching vacancy left by Doc Rivers in Boston. Stevens becomes the youngest coach in the NBA.
During his six years with the Butler program, Stevens was able to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship appearances in 2010 and 2011.
While he didn’t win a title with the program, the 36-year-old quickly helped the team rise up the college ranks and go from a Cinderella team to a true contender. If his style and energy translates to the pros the Celtics will have one heck of a coach.
“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,” Stevens said in a statement, via USA Today.
“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.”