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Brad Stevens '99 "Overwhelmed and Humbled" by Support

April 12, 2007

Brad Stevens 99 Baseline.jpgApril 12, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "One of the things that I want to do as a coach and one of the things my coaches did with me was make it fun and give you a reason to play the game," says Brad Stevens, the new head men's basketball coach at Butler University. Stevens, a 1999 graduate of DePauw University who accepted the Bulldogs top job last week, is the subject of a feature story in this morning's Indianapolis Star.

"Stevens played four years at DePauw University, earning all-conference honors," writes Kristen Leigh Porter. "After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1999, he worked nine months as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Co., and volunteered with the Carmel High School basketball team. 'His knowledge of basketball -- you could tell -- was substantial,' said Andy Warren, a senior co-captain for Carmel at the time. 'You could tell back then that he always wanted to be a head coach.'" 

The article describes how Stevens took an unpaid role within the Butler athletic department in 2000 and eventually became an assistant to coaches Thad Matta and his successor Todd Lickliter, who recently left to become head coach at Iowa. A sidebar points out, "At 30 years old, he will be one of the youngest coaches in the NCAA Division I ranks."Brad Stevens News Conf.jpg

Porter notes, "Stevens said he has been 'overwhelmed and humbled' by the amount of support he and his family has received since he was announced as Butler's head coach on April 5." Stevens states, "I just say thank you and I hope that they certainly continue to do so. They are all welcome at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I think it's a brand of basketball a lot of people in that area and every area will hopefully enjoy."

Read the entire story at the Star's Web site, and access the April 5 announcement of Stevens' hiring here.

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