Green getting greener: Celtics youth movement now includes coach Brad Stevens, 36, from Butler

  • Article by: JIMMY GOLEN , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 8:25 PM
hide

Butler head coach Brad Stevens has been hired to coach the NBA's Boston Celtics.

Photo: James Crisp, Associated Press file

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

BOSTON — Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse couldn't compete with the Boston Garden and all those NBA championship banners hanging from its rafters.

The Boston Celtics hired Brad Stevens away from the school he led to back-to-back NCAA title games, putting the 36-year-old coach in charge of their brand new rebuilding effort on Wednesday. Stevens had turned down offers from bigger college programs, but couldn't resist the lure of the NBA's most-decorated franchise.

"There are some brands in sports, and in the world of basketball the Celtics are one of those," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in an on-campus news conference on Wednesday night.

With aging stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on their way to the Brooklyn Nets, and Doc Rivers already coaching the Los Angeles Clippers, the Celtics have been trying to get younger. In Stevens, they have a mentor who is younger than Garnett and wasn't yet born when Bill Russell won his 11th NBA championship in 1969 — or even when John Havlicek added two more in the 1970s.

It's the first time the Celtics have hired a college coach since Rick Pitino in 1997 and their first coach with no NBA experience of any kind since Alvin "Doggie" Julian, who was hired in 1948 and gave way to Red Auerbach two years later.

"Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic" Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said in a 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."

The Celtics gave Stevens a six-year deal worth about $22 million, according to a basketball official with knowledge of the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the terms were not public. Ainge met with Stevens at his home in the Indianapolis area along with Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca and worked out the deal Wednesday morning.

"It's a wonderful opportunity with a historic franchise," Butler President James M. Danko said. "We have done everything we possibly can to keep him. Brad is a very bright, very articulate, and a wonderful, wonderful person who's handled this as well as he's handled everything else you've seen him do."

Since taking Butler of the mid-major Horizon League to the national championship game in 2010 and again in '11, Stevens had been courted by Illinois and UCLA, among others. Butler just joined the Big East, but Stevens won't be going with them.

"I didn't treat it as inevitable (that he would leave)," said Collier, who noted that the school had signed Stevens through 2025. "I looked at it like every year Brad was our coach, it was another good year for Butler."

Stevens spent seven years as a Butler assistant and the last six years as the head coach, compiling a career winning percentage of .772. He never won fewer than 22 games in a season, and the Bulldogs went 33-5 in 2009-10.

Stevens, who didn't attend the news conference, takes over a team that is rebuilding just three seasons removed from an appearance in the NBA Finals; the Celtics won their unprecedented 17th championship in 2008. But with Garnett and Pierce showing signs of slowing down in this year's playoffs, when Boston was eliminated by the New York Knicks in the first round, Ainge is trying to get younger.

He allowed Rivers to leave for the Clippers, extracting a first-round draft choice in return. Amid last week's NBA draft, the Celtics and Nets agreed to a deal that would send Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn in exchange for a package of players along with three first-round draft picks.

In all, the Celtics have nine first-rounders in the next five years, along with a dynamic but temperamental point guard in Rajon Rondo and talented swingman Jeff Green.

Now, Stevens will be the one to work with those young players.

"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 release issued by the university. "We truly love Butler University and Indianapolis, and are very thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate so many wonderful things together."

At Butler, Stevens was 166-49 — the most wins for any Division I coach in the first six years of his career. In 2009-10, the Bulldogs posted the Horizon League's first 18-0 conference record, a 25-game winning streak and an appearance in the NCAA title game, where they lost to Duke 61-59 when a last-second, half-court shot bounced off the backboard and rim.

"Brad has given his talent to our university with exceptional generosity, integrity, and humility," Danko said, calling Stevens "a beloved member of our community."

"We have done everything we can to keep Brad here at Butler; however, the Celtics team has offered Brad and his family a unique opportunity with which no university can compete."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago 11/27/14 11:30 AM
Detroit
Philadelphia 11/27/14 3:30 PM
Dallas
Seattle 11/27/14 7:30 PM
San Francisco
Cleveland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Washington 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Tennessee 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
NY Giants 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Cincinnati 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Oakland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
New Orleans 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Carolina 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Arizona 11/30/14 3:05 PM
Atlanta
New England 11/30/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Denver 11/30/14 7:30 PM
Kansas City
Miami 12/1/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
Atlanta 6:00 PM
Washington
Golden State 6:30 PM
Miami
Detroit 7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Sacramento 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8:00 PM
Denver
Winnipeg 6:00 PM
Columbus
Ottawa 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Los Angeles 7:00 PM
Nashville
Edmonton 7:30 PM
Dallas
Colorado 8:00 PM
Arizona
New Jersey 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Calgary 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Fresno State 52 FINAL
East Carolina 58
Morgan State 73 FINAL
Elon 74
Purdue 82 FINAL
Missouri 61
Hawaii 57 2nd Half 2:23
Marist 53
Liberty 2 1st Half 14:50
North Florida 16
MD-Eastern Shore 3:30 PM
Bucknell
Western Carolina 3:30 PM
Georgia State
BYU 3:30 PM
Chaminade
Evansville 5:00 PM
Green Bay
Alabama 6:00 PM
Arizona State
UT Martin 6:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman
SE Missouri St 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
NC Central 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Fair-Dickinson 6:00 PM
Columbia
Citadel 6:00 PM
Florida State
Houston 6:00 PM
Harvard
William Peace 6:00 PM
High Point
Texas-Arlington 6:00 PM
Kentucky
St Francis-NY 6:00 PM
La Salle
Boston Univ 6:00 PM
New Hampshire
Chicago State 6:00 PM
Oakland
Ark-Pine Bluff 6:00 PM
Ohio
Hartford 6:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Saint Peters 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Jackson State 6:00 PM
St Bonaventure
Long Island 6:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Hofstra 6:00 PM
South Florida
Western Ky 6:00 PM
Stony Brook
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Syracuse
Penn 6:00 PM
Temple
Detroit 6:00 PM
Toledo
Tennessee St 6:00 PM
Virginia
Northern Iowa 6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Western Ill 6:00 PM
William & Mary
Ohio Valley 6:00 PM
Wofford
Toccoa Falls 6:00 PM
Presbyterian
Mount Ida 6:00 PM
UMass Lowell
Kansas State 6:30 PM
Arizona
Binghamton 6:30 PM
Army
Central Arkansas 6:30 PM
Char Southern
Howard 6:30 PM
UMBC
VA Commonwealth 6:30 PM
Oregon
Akron 6:30 PM
Penn State
Arkansas 6:30 PM
SMU
Jacksonville St 7:00 PM
Alabama A&M
TX A&M-CC 7:00 PM
Bradley
Eastern Ill 7:00 PM
Creighton
St Xavier 7:00 PM
Ill-Chicago
Northern Ariz 7:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Nebraska Omaha 7:00 PM
Nebraska
NC A&T 7:00 PM
Saint Louis
Columbia International 7:00 PM
SC State
Troy 7:00 PM
Southern Miss
St Francis-PA 7:00 PM
Texas
Northwestern St 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
Loyola-Chicago 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Southern U 7:00 PM
Tulane
Norfolk State 7:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Jarvis Christian 7:00 PM
Abilene Christian
MN-Crookston 7:00 PM
North Dakota St
Lamar 7:05 PM
Arkansas State
IUPUI 7:05 PM
Drake
San Francisco 7:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Miami-Florida 8:00 PM
Charlotte
Air Force 8:00 PM
Colorado
Boise State 8:00 PM
Idaho
Louisiana 8:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Buffalo 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Maryland 8:30 PM
Iowa State
Northwestern 8:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Villanova 9:00 PM
Michigan
Pittsburgh 9:00 PM
San Diego St
Bristol University 9:05 PM
Sacramento St
Cal State Fullerton 10:00 PM
USC
Delaware 10:00 PM
Stanford
Ohio U 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
LSU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas A&M
(6) TCU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Massachusetts
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
Tulsa
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Indiana
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Northwestern
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Temple
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Troy
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
USC
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Maryland
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
California
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Duke
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
UNLV
Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
Calgary
Belmont 55 FINAL
Kent State 58
Robert Morris 75 FINAL
Coppin State 58
UMKC 48 FINAL
Western Ill 71
Manhattan 48 FINAL
La Salle 61
UC Santa Barbara 34 FINAL
Arizona 61
Santa Clara 34 2nd Half
LSU 23
Tulsa 25 2nd Half
Texas Southern 33
SE Missouri St 4 1st Half 11:08
Ole Miss 14
Air Force 4:00 PM
Army
Towson 4:00 PM
UMBC
St Bonaventure 4:30 PM
Penn State
Texas-El Paso 5:00 PM
Kansas State
Cheyney 5:00 PM
MD-Eastern Shore
Johnson C. Smith 5:00 PM
NC A&T
Winthrop 5:00 PM
NC Central
USC Upstate 5:00 PM
SC State
Quinnipiac 5:00 PM
(2) Notre Dame
Buffalo 5:30 PM
(8) Duke
Washington St 6:00 PM
Hampton
Bryant 6:00 PM
Brown
Vermont 6:00 PM
Central Conn St
St Francis-NY 6:00 PM
NJIT
(21) Rutgers 6:00 PM
Wagner
IUPU-Ft Wayne 6:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Fairleigh Dickinson 6:00 PM
Monmouth
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
UCF
SIU-Edwardsville 6:00 PM
IUPUI
Duquesne 6:00 PM
Howard
Fordham 6:00 PM
Delaware
Saint Josephs 6:00 PM
Drexel
Liberty 6:00 PM
Elon
New Hampshire 6:00 PM
Penn
Valparaiso 6:00 PM
Akron
Grambling 6:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Western Ky 6:00 PM
(12) Louisville
Arizona State 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Charleston Southern 6:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Southern 6:00 PM
(22) Georgia
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Mercer
Hillsdale 6:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Ohio U 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Gardner-Webb 6:00 PM
Appalachian St
Bucknell 6:00 PM
Youngstown St
Lafayette 6:00 PM
Rider
Lehigh 6:00 PM
Saint Peters
George Mason 6:00 PM
Navy
High Point 6:00 PM
Davidson
Old Dominion 6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
SW Assemblies 6:30 PM
Houston Baptist
LSU-Alexandria 6:30 PM
Northwestern St
Wofford 6:30 PM
Jacksonville St
ULM 7:00 PM
(25) Miss State
Morgan State 7:00 PM
(20) Oklahoma St
Lyon 7:00 PM
Central Arkansas
Lamar 7:00 PM
Texas State
Mobile 7:00 PM
SE Louisiana
St Edwards 7:00 PM
Stephen F Austin
Lipscomb 7:00 PM
Murray State
UAB 7:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Northern Iowa 7:00 PM
(17) Iowa
Southern U 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Harvard 7:00 PM
Holy Cross
Colorado 8:00 PM
Denver
Portland State 8:00 PM
Oregon
Montana State 8:00 PM
San Diego
Idaho 8:00 PM
Wyoming
Pepperdine 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
Long Beach St 9:00 PM
Boise State
Nevada 9:30 PM
San Francisco
Yale 10:59 PM
Alaska-Anchorage
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close