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ESPN.com Profiles Butler Coach Brad Stevens '99

November 5, 2009

Brad Stevens svx.jpgNovember 5, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "Brad Stevens, a Hoosier born and bred, turned out to be the perfect man to be handed the torch of the prestigious Butler basketball program on April 4, 2007, when Todd Lickliter left to take the Iowa job," begins an ESPN profile issued today. "Never mind that Stevens could be mistaken for the team manager. He picked up his 50th victory last winter in only his 56th game as a head coach. Only two coaches in major college basketball reached 50 wins faster than Stevens -- Doc Meanwell at Wisconsin in 1915 and Bill Carmody at Princeton in 1998."

It continues, "Stevens was a high-scoring guard at Zionsville High School, then graduated from DePauw in 1999. He got a job as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, but left it after a year for a volunteer position in Butler's basketball office in 2000."

The piece notes that the 33-year-old coach has led the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament in each of his two seasons at the helm. After last season, "Stevens was chosen Horizon League Coach of the Year and given a contract extension through 2016. Only Bill Guthridge of North Carolina, a decade ago, won more games (58) in his first two seasons than Stevens' 56."

ESPN concludes, "Butler is easily the team to beat in the Horizon League Brad Stevens IS 2008a.jpgagain and should sustain its stature as one of -- if not the -- top mid-major program in the nation."

Read more at ESPN.com.

Earlier this week, the Indianapolis Star's David Woods wrote of Stevens and DePauw, "Besides the basketball experience, Stevens said, the university helped teach him to think creatively."

Division I Butler hosted DePauw for a men's exhibition game Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH-TV aired highlights of the game. Access them via this previous story.

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