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BOSTON-- Many thought that the Boston Celtics would make a splash by acquiring a big-name free agent. As it turns out however, Boston has made a splash with the hiring of their newest head coach. Per the official Twitter account of the Boston Celtics, the team announced that their new head coach would be 36-year-old Brad Stevens of Butler Bulldog fame. The deal according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald is six years in lengh.
The following information is from the official Boston Celtics press release.
"The Boston Celtics announced today that they have come to an agreement with Brad Stevens to be the 17th head coach of the team. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
Stevens, age 36, has served for the past six years as the head coach of Butler University men’s basketball team, never winning fewer than 22 games and leading the Bulldogs to two national championship games against Duke and Connecticut. His career win percentage is .772, including a 33-5 season in 2009-10. He was also the youngest coach to reach the Final Four since Bob Knight in 1973.
A native of Zionsville, Indiana, Stevens was a three-time academic All-America nominee while earning four varsity letters at DePauw University, before graduating with a degree in economics. He later joined the Butler University program as the coordinator of basketball operations under then-coach Thad Matta, before being named head coach in 2007.
"Brad and I share a lot of the same values," said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. 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."
This is an excellent hire for the Celtics. Stevens is a younger coach, and that may mesh well with the current direction the Celtics are going. He certainly brings a lot of energy to the game when he coaches and as we saw with Butler, energy can often produce positivity and results. Those results of course may take time, but there is a very good chance that under Stevens, Boston will produce.