Brad Stevens '99 Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Butler University
April 5, 2007
April 5, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "I am honored, extremely humbled, and boy am I excited to get this thing going," says Brad Stevens, the new head men's basketball coach at Butler University and 1999 graduate of DePauw University. Since 2001, Stevens has served as an assistant coach at Butler under Thad Matta and, most recently, Todd Lickliter, who resigned Monday to take the top job at Iowa. Stevens was formally introduced at a news conference this afternoon.
"He's a familiar face to the program . . . and he embraces the Butler Way," says Butler athletic director Barry Collier of the 30-year-old Stevens. "He's a highly intelligent and passionate coach who is extremely well respected in the coaching ranks. We have the utmost confidence that we will continue to see great success in Butler basketball."
The Associated Press notes, "Stevens played four years at DePauw, where he earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors." An economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw, Stevens worked for Eli Lilly and Co. after graduating. He volunteered as a coach at Carmel High School and was drawn to Butler's program in 2000, when he was appointed the university's coordinator of basketball operations.
During his tenure as an assistant coach at Butler, "the Bulldogs have gone 131-61, won three Horizon League regular-season titles and made four trips to the postseason. This year, the Bulldogs burst into the national spotlight after wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-off and were ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 16 consecutive weeks, climbing as high as No. 9. In the NCAA tourney, Butler beat Old Dominion and Maryland and had a nine-point lead over eventual champion Florida before the Gators pulled away in the final minutes to end the Bulldogs' season at 29-7."
"I think Brad is the best possible choice for Butler basketball," says his college coach, DePauw's Bill Fenlon. "He's one of the most selfless, team-oriented person I've ever been around. Brad has done a great job since he joined the Butler program and he's the perfect choice to continue on the path they've been on. We're all excited for him and very proud of him," adds Fenlon, who attended this afternoon's news conference announcing Stevens.
Butler's head football coach, Jeff Voris, is a 1990 graduate of DePauw.Back