Brad Stevens - Head Coach
Brad Stevens begins his fifth season as Head Coach for the Boston Celtics. He was named the 17th head coach in the history of the Boston Celtics on July 3, 2013.
In his fourth season in Boston, Stevens led the Celtics to an Eastern Conference-best record of 53-29 record as well as an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. Stevens’ record with the Celtics over four seasons now stands at 166-162 (.506). Stevens earned the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. He is the sixth Celtics head coach to earn the honor joining Red Auerbach, Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Doc Rivers, Bill Fitch and Chris Ford.
In his third season with the Celtics, Stevens led the team to a playoff appearance and finished with a 48-34 record. He became just the third coach in franchise history to win NBA Coach of the Month multiple times when he was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for the second time during the month of February when the team posted an Eastern Conference-best 9-3 record. Stevens recorded his first career playoff victory on April 22 when they beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-103 in Boston.
In his second season with the Celtics, Stevens led the team to a playoff appearance with a furious finish to the season. After starting the season 16-30 the team finished the season 23-12 to clinch the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. During the month of April when the team was 7-1 he was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month and became the fifth Celtic Head Coach to win the award joining K.C. Jones, Jimmy Rodgers, Chris Ford and Glenn “Doc” Rivers.
Stevens, 39, joined the Celtics after coaching Butler University where he boasted a 166-49 record, four league regular season championships, three league tournament titles and six trips to post-season tournament play. He has the top two single season win totals in Butler and Horizon League history, and he became the only coach in school history to lead a team to the NCAA Division I national championship game which he did twice.
Stevens owns two Horizon League Coach of the Year awards and has rewritten the NCAA record book for Best Coaching Starts by Wins. During the 2012-13 season, he moved into the top spot on the six-year list with 165 victories. He captured the five-year record (139), moving ahead of Everett Case of North Carolina State (1947-51) in 2011-12, and he owns the three-year (89) and four-year (117) records. He is second on the two-year list with 56 wins.
Stevens left a position as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis to pursue a career in basketball coaching. He served in a volunteer capacity in Butler’s basketball office during the summer of 2000, before eventually gaining a full-time administrative position under Thad Matta. 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 Todd Lickliter in 2001-02. Stevens worked with Lickliter for six seasons spanning from 2001-07. During Stevens’ 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 post-season tournament play.
Stevens was introduced as the new men’s 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. He 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.
In his debut season with Butler (2007-08) he guided Butler to their first 30-win season. The Bulldogs were ranked in the “Top 25” of the AP and ESPN/USA Today national polls for 19 consecutive weeks, including a record three weeks in the “Top 10”. At the age of 31, he became the third-youngest Division I coach to guide his team to 30 wins and was the youngest coach to do so in more than half a century. During the 2009-10 season he was named the NABC All-District 12 Coach and was a finalist for several national coaching awards as Butler ended the season as the No. 2-ranked team in the final ESPN/USA Today national poll. The Bulldogs compiled a school record 25-game winning streak during the season which also was the longest winning streak in the nation that season. Butler switched conferences following a third-place finish in the 2011-12 season in the Horizon League with a move to the Atlantic-10 where they would finish with 26 wins and three “Top 10” victories including a win over in-state rival Indiana who were ranked No. 1 nationally at the time. Butler reached as high as No. 9 nationally in the AP and USA Today polls during the season.
Stevens earned a B.A. degree in economics from DePauw in 1999. He was a four-year member of the basketball team at DePauw, earning the squad’s “Coaches Award” in 1998-99. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, son Brady and daughter Kinsley.