Brad Stevens
American basketball player and coach
Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens is an American college basketball coach and former player. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at Butler University. He grew up in Zionsville, Indiana, where he starred on the Zionsville Community High School basketball team, setting four school records. After high school, he attended DePauw University, where he played basketball and earned a degree in economics.
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Marv Albert On The Knicks, Brad Stevens And The State Of The NBA
Huffington Post - 12 days
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Boston Celtics Midseason Awards -
Google News - about 1 month Boston Celtics Midseason Awards Dec 23, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens argues a call with the official during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports. With the All Star break ... With plenty of bad blood between them, Wizards-Celtics rivalry is in full bloomWashington Post Celtics not impressed with Wizards wearing all black: 'That's cute'CSN Mid-Atlantic all 71 news articles »
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Jae Crowder: Celtics fans cheering Gordon Hayward 'sign of disrespect'
ABC News - about 2 months
BOSTON -- Recognizing that Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will be a potential free agent this offseason -- and given his Butler University connections to Boston coach Brad Stevens -- Celtics fans greeted Hayward with some audible cheers during lineup introductions before Tuesday's game at TD Garden. That didn't sit well with Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who just so happens to play the same position as Hayward. Crowder responded with maybe his best game of the season, scoring 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while making all but one of the six 3-pointers that he put up over 35 minutes of floor time as part of Boston's 115-104 victory. After the game, Crowder sounded off, both in the locker room and on social media, about his perceived slight from the fans. "I heard the cheering before the game. I didn't like that at all," said Crowder. "I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in...
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Celtics extend Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens in time for free agency
Fox News - 9 months
This was a brilliant move by Boston
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Celtics' Swede Jerebko finishes season strong despite loss to Atlanta
Yahoo News - 10 months
By Philip O'Connor (Reuters) - The Boston Celtics may have crashed out of the playoffs after being pummeled by Atlanta on their home floor, but power forward Jonas Jerebko is not too down-hearted after finally getting a chance to show the Boston crowd what he can do as a starter. Thrust into the starting lineup by coach Brad Stevens last Friday with the Celtics 2-0 down in the series, the Swede helped extend it to a sixth game before the Celtics lost 104-92 at home on Thursday to bring their season to a close. On a night when Boston struggled with its shooting, Jerebko scored the opening five points of the game for the Celtics, finishing up with 13 on the night in another strong performance since being promoted from the bench.
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NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
Yahoo News - 10 months
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens is optimistic about the chances of point guard Isaiah Thomas playing in Game 6 on Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Thomas suffered a mild ankle sprain near the end of the Celtics' 110-83 loss to the Hawks on Tuesday night in Atlanta.
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Boston breathe new life into series with Game 3 win
Yahoo News - 10 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Breathing life into their playoff chances, the Boston Celtics blew a 19-point third-quarter lead but held on for a wild 111-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Presenting coach Brad Stevens with his first career NBA playoff win, the Celtics got a career-high 42 points from Isaiah Thomas and cut Atlanta's lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1. The Celtics, who led by 20 points in the first half, saw a 19-point lead early in the third quarter evaporate.
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Celtics guard Bradley likely out for remainder of first round of NBA playoffs
Yahoo News - 10 months
Boston guard Avery Bradley will likely miss the rest of the Celtics' NBA first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks with a right hamstring strain. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Sunday that Bradley underwent an MRI exam after being injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's 102-101 loss in the Eastern Conference series opener in Atlanta. "As of right now I would say he's out Tuesday night (for game two), but obviously he'll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there," Stevens said.
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Celtics Sweat Out Win Over Pelicans
NYTimes - 11 months
Brad Stevens had a feeling his team, coming off a five-game western trip and battling for playoff position, could be in for a rough time Wednesday night.
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Who had the better Leap Day dunk: Brad Stevens or Steve Ballmer?
LATimes - 12 months
Monday was Leap Day, which might explain why two unusual NBA characters were seen leaving their feet for dunks. In another quirk of the day, both involved a mascot. The day began with a video of Celtics Coach Brad Stevens charging the basket and launching himself off a trampoline to put down a...
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Celtics Defeat Heat 101-89, Run Home Win Streak to 10
NYTimes - 12 months
As the trade deadline approached, both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and his players were vocal about hoping their roster remained undisturbed after finding some chemistry that had been missing earlier in the season.
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How Brad Stevens Won Boston Without Winning
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has a losing record as they rebuild—but the city’s demanding fans love him anyway.
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Butler's Andrew Smith Dead At 25 After Battle With Cancer
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Former Butler University center Andrew Smith died at the age of 25 on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer. The former Bulldogs player suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma and later leukemia. His wife Samantha posted a short but heartfelt message on Twitter, publicly announcing the death of her husband. Andrew peacefully passed away in his sleep and in my arms as I told him I loved him this morning. Love you always, Smith. — Samantha Smith (@Samantha44Smith) January 12, 2016 Butler basketball also issued a statement about the tragic news. "The Butler community is profoundly sad today with the news of Andrew's passing," the statement read. "He is, was, and always will be a Bulldog. The Butler community is proud to have been part of his life." Statement on the passing of Andrew Smith --> — Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 12, 2016 Just last week, former Bulldogs basketball coach and ...
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NBA scores 2016: The Bulls are on the offensive - SB Nation
Google News - about 1 year
SB Nation NBA scores 2016: The Bulls are on the offensive SB Nation The Chicago Bulls are streaking. After beating the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday, they've won four straight games. But that's not the only streak: the Bulls have scored 100 or more points in nine straight. The Bulls, long one of the best defensive ... Baffoe: New Year, New Bulls?CBS Local Bulls win 6th straight with 101-92 victory over Brad Stevens skips Celtics game to rush to ex-player's bedsideNew York Post -Huffington Post all 353 news articles »
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Celtics use balanced attack to beat Bulls
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The Boston Celtics warmed up for their critical game against the streaking Golden State Warriors on Friday night by holding on to beat the Chicago Bulls 105-100 Wednesday at the Boston Garden. Forward David Lee scored six points and guard Evan Turner had two points and three assists during a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter for the Celtics who turned a 77-77 tie into an 87-77 lead with 6:55 left on the clock. "That was a good win because both teams were playing at a pretty high level throughout the course of the game," Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brad Stevens
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On June 1, 2016, Stevens received a contract extension.
    More Details Hide Details According to Stevens, in one of his first games as head coach, he was nervous and "felt like our team played on edge" because of it. He decided that a team's play will reflect the mood of its coach; a calm coach means a team that will remain poised in difficult game situations, while a nervous coach means a team that plays on edge. "I don’t want to lose a game because of my approach," he told himself. Accordingly, he developed a strategy of always remaining calm and focused during games. He rarely raises his voice or gets emotional, instead quietly observing on the sideline with folded arms. He does not get upset about bad calls by referees or player mistakes, preferring to focus on "the next play" rather than what just happened. Butler player Willie Veasley explained Butler's 2010 Final Four run by saying, "When those big runs Syracuse and Kansas State came, Coach called a timeout and said a few calm words. Then he said he believes in us, he loves us and we're going to win the game." On the rare occasion Stevens feels the need to correct a player, he does it with "positive reinforcement, just at a little louder decibel", according to former assistant coach Matthew Graves. Above all, Stevens wants his players to be confident, not living in fear of being yanked for making a bad play.
    In April 2016, Brad Stevens led the Celtics to their second consecutive playoff appearance under his tenure as the 5th seed in the 2016 NBA Playoffs finishing the season with a 48–34 record.
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    On March 1, 2016, Stevens was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played during February.
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    Stevens remains in close touch with the Butler basketball family; he notably took a one-game leave from the Celtics in January 2016 to visit with Andrew Smith, a player on both of Butler's Final Four teams who was dying of cancer; Smith died less than a week later.
    More Details Hide Details At the request of Andrew's widow, Sam, Brad delivered the eulogy at the memorial service on January 17, 2016. Stevens' father, Mark, is an orthopedic surgeon in Indianapolis and former Indiana Hoosiers football player. His mother, Jan, is a university professor. She has previously taught at Butler.
  • 2015
    Age 38
    On April 21, 2015, it was announced that Stevens finished fourth in voting for the NBA's Coach of the Year Award.
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    In April 2015, Stevens led the Celtics to the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40–42 record.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    On July 3, 2013, Stevens was signed as the head coach by the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details Reports state that his new contract is a six-year, $22 million deal.
    In March 2013, UCLA reportedly offered Stevens between $2.5 and $3 million a year to leave Butler.
    More Details Hide Details Rumors circulated that Stevens was in contract negotiations with UCLA, but ultimately the rumors proved false and Stevens stayed at Butler. Commenting on the situation, a source close to Stevens said "Brad doesn't understand why people would assume he's leaving." A few days later, Stevens reiterated that he was very happy at Butler and had no intentions to leave as long as he had the support of the university to continue running the program the "right way".
  • 2011
    Age 34
    After the 2011–12 season, Stevens was pursued vigorously by Illinois to fill their coaching vacancy before he declined their offer.
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    Stevens coached the Bulldogs in their second consecutive national championship game on April 4, 2011, where the team lost to the Huskies of the University of Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details Stevens is known for a calm, focused coaching style. He spends a lot of time analyzing opponents using statistical analysis, adding new wrinkles to his team's play each game. He puts a strong emphasis on defensive and team oriented basketball. Butler's success against teams with superior athletes has been attributed to Stevens' coaching style and calm demeanor. Stevens has twice been named the Horizon League Coach of the Year and won's Hugh Durham Award mid-season honors in January 2009. He has also been both a Hugh Durham Award and Jim Phelan Award finalist all three years of his career. Stevens has been called a coaching prodigy and compared to John Wooden. He is married with two young children. In July 2013, he signed a six-year, 22 million dollar contract to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics in the NBA. In April 2015, Stevens led the Celtics to the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40–42 record.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    Rankings by ESPN's Andy Katz and Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman released shortly after the 2010 Championship game both had Butler third for the 2010–2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski agreed, saying Butler would be"right up there, No. 1 or No. 2... They'll be a favorite next year." However, Hayward chose to leave early for the NBA Draft and Butler went through a rough patch early in the season, at one point losing three straight games and having a 6–5 conference record. Bolstered by the emergence of Andrew Smith at center and Matt Howard's success as a perimeter forward, Butler ended up winning a share of the conference title at 13–5. The Bulldogs then won the Horizon League Tournament to secure an automatic NCAA tournament bid, and received an 8 seed.
    On April 5, 2010, Butler and Duke faced off in what The New York Times called "the most eagerly awaited championship game in years".
    More Details Hide Details Late in the first half, Duke went on an 8–0 run to take a 26–20 lead. Stevens called a timeout. With starters Matt Howard and Ronald Nored on the bench in foul trouble, Stevens was forced to call on backup center Avery Jukes who came up big for Butler. Jukes scored 10 first half points, tying his season high. At half time, Duke's lead stood at 33–32. The second half was played very closely, with neither team taking a substantial lead. With 3:16 to play, Duke took a 60–55 lead on two made free throws by Nolan Smith. Butler cut the lead to one point in the final minute and, after a missed Kyle Singler jump shot with 36 seconds remaining, got a chance to retake the lead. Butler was unable to initiate their offense and Stevens called a timeout to set up a play. A failed inbounds attempt and a timeout later, Hayward missed a baseline fade-away jumper and Brian Zoubek came down with the rebound for Duke. He was quickly fouled with less than 4 seconds remaining. Hayward narrowly missed a desperation half-court shot court as time expired, making the final margin 61–59.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    His total compensation for 2009–10 was estimated at US$750,000.
    More Details Hide Details Stevens had received a raise after each of his three seasons at Butler and his contract contains a buyout clause estimated in the high six or low seven figures. 1=What Butler is, Butler is a great school. We're in a great city. We have a niche from the standpoint of basketball with a good tradition of basketball and a fieldhouse that really embraces the history of the game. So we're very unique. I think being unique is a good thing, too. I think Butler, certainly you always want to improve the facilities you have. We need to do that. There's no question about that. But we also need to remember who we are. I think that's why we're here, because we've got unselfish guys. They have a great passion for history, tradition, team, things like that.
    After the end of the 2009–10 season, Brad Stevens and Butler continued to attract considerable attention.
    More Details Hide Details President Barack Obama personally called Stevens to congratulate him on Butler's season. David Letterman had Stevens on his show for a guest appearance. Butler admissions inquiries shot up 67%. Stevens received fan letters from around the world, and his phone rang off the hook. He was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins game in Chicago on May 10. "It's all been very surreal," Stevens said. "If you are the runner-up, you don't expect to talk to the president." "It's been a little overwhelming, because I'm a pretty simple guy," he added. The 2009–10 season also helped increase Butler's recruiting profile. Asked if the increased fame would change things, Stevens said it better not spoil him or the university. "I look at this new challenge of not changing and sticking to your core values and making sure you remain humble as a great coaching opportunity."
    Stevens was also the only coach in Division I to lead his team to an undefeated conference schedule during the 2009–10 season.
    More Details Hide Details For their season, the Bulldogs were ranked 8th in the final pre-NCAA tournament Coaches' Poll and 11th in the corresponding AP Poll. On Selection Sunday, the Bulldogs were seeded fifth in the West regional of the NCAA tournament and given a first-round match up with twelfth seeded UTEP on March 18. Many basketball commentators picked UTEP to pull the upset, and at halftime it looked like they might be right, as UTEP led 33–27. Stevens made a number of halftime adjustments, and the Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The team dominated the second half and won the game 77–59. Butler next faced off with thirteenth seeded Murray State. The game was close throughout, but Butler emerged victorious 54–52 when Hayward deflected a Murray State pass into the back court with less than five seconds on the clock. The win gave Stevens the first Sweet Sixteen appearance of his career.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    She finished her final year of law school in Indianapolis, and the couple married in August 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Tracy works as a labor and employment lawyer. Tracy also serves as Brad's agent. Brad and Tracy Stevens are involved with the American Cancer Society's Coaches Vs. Cancer. Brad says that the cause really hit home for them after Tracy's mother died of the disease in June 2004. The day before Butler's 2010 Final Four appearance, they hosted a fundraiser for the organization. Brad Stevens has also volunteered his time to the Jukes Foundation for Kids, a charity benefiting Ugandan children run by former Butler player Avery Jukes.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    Butler beat Siena 70–53 and Stevens tied the NCAA record for most wins (81) by a head coach in his first three seasons set by Mark Few of Gonzaga in 2002 and tied by Mark Fox of Nevada in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details On February 26, 2010, Butler traveled to Valparaiso for their regular season finale. Leading scorer Gordon Hayward was sidelined with lower back pain, but the team still won 74–69. In so doing, Stevens broke the coaching record he had tied the prior week and Butler completed an 18–0 undefeated conference schedule. It was Butler's first undefeated conference record since joining the Horizon League, and first since Joe Sexson led the 1978 team to a 6–0 record in the now defunct Indiana Collegiate Conference. Stevens earned his third straight regular-season conference championship. In the Horizon league tournament, Stevens' Bulldogs used their home-court advantage to beat Milwaukee 68–59 in the semi-finals and to beat Wright State 70–45 in the finals. The win earned the team an automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA tournament, and completed a 20–0 run through league play. Stevens became the first coach to lead a Horizon League team to both an undefeated regular season and conference tournament since the league was formed in 1979.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    After Matta left the school following the 2000–01 season, new head coach Todd Lickliter promoted Stevens to a full-time assistant coach. Under Lickliter, Stevens was active in every aspect of the game: skills instruction, game preparation, in-game coaching, and recruiting. Butler was 131–61 during Stevens' time as an assistant coach. On April 2, 2007, Lickliter resigned in order to take the head-coaching position at the University of Iowa.
    More Details Hide Details The Butler players had a meeting with athletic director Barry Collier, urging him to promote from within. Collier, having spent the entire season observing the assistant coaches' interaction with the team, agreed. The day after Lickliter resigned Stevens and Butler's two other assistant coaches interviewed for the job. Within 24 hours of the interviews Stevens was named Butler's new head coach. According to Collier, Stevens had something older, outside candidates could never match: six years of experience learning the Butler system, dubbed "The Butler Way" by Collier. "Age wasn't a factor because I'd seen his ability shine through during the course of the season," Collier said. At the start of the 2007–08 season, Stevens was the second youngest coach in Division I basketball. He got off to a fast start, winning his first eight games before falling to Wright State 43–42. Legendary coach Bob Knight, whose Texas Tech team was an early victim, said "I wish we played as smart as they do." Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg added "they've got toughness about them and they expect to win."
    In the summer of 2000, Stevens was offered the opportunity to volunteer in the Butler basketball office.
    More Details Hide Details He ran the idea of quitting his job at Eli Lilly by then-longtime girlfriend Tracy Wilhelmy. She thought about it for two hours before telling him to go for it. "Now, it looks like a great idea," Stevens later remarked. "At the time, I thought it was something I really wanted to try." Tracy went back to school to get a law degree that could support the couple if things did not work out for Brad. "We were 23 and realized this was our chance," Tracy later said. "Five years down the road, we were probably not going to be in a position to do that. The more success you had at Lilly, the harder it would be to leave." Stevens planned to live in a friend's basement and took a job at Applebee’s to pay the bills. Before he started training at Applebee's, he was offered a low-paying administrative position as coordinator of basketball operations under then-coach Thad Matta. The position had opened up when assistant coach Jamal Meeks resigned after being arrested on solicitation and drug charges, of which he was later acquitted. Years later, Matta recalled, "Stevens was just a hungry young kid that was desperate to get into coaching. He had a great passion and was willing to take a risk to get into the coaching profession."
  • 1999
    Age 22
    He was named to the Dean's list and graduated in 1999 with a degree in economics.
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  • 1995
    Age 18
    In 1995, he was named the sectional MVP and was the leading scorer in state sectional play (32.3 ppg).
    More Details Hide Details Stevens made the academic all-state first team and received the Straight A Gold Medal Award all four years. He was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating seventh in his class of 165. He earned three letters in basketball, three in track, and one in baseball during his days at Zionsville. During summers, he traveled the country playing AAU basketball. Although Stevens had a strong passion for the game, he realized that his basketball skills were modest and not likely to get him very far. As such, he chose to attend academically oriented DePauw University for college. During his stay, he played in all 101 DePauw games, earning four varsity letters. He earned multiple all-conference and academic all-conference awards, and was a three-time Academic All-America nominee. He was a team captain his senior year, and averaged more than 8 points per game three of his four years. His career highs were 24 points and 8 rebounds in a game. After his senior year, Stevens received the Coaches’ Award. Coach Bill Fenlon later described Stevens as "one of the most selfless, team-oriented person I've ever been around."
  • 1976
    Born on October 22, 1976.
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