Brad Stevens '99 Addresses Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

Brad Stevens '99 Addresses Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

September 16, 2008

Brad Stevens 4.jpgSeptember 16, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Few people get to live their dreams," begins a story in today's edition of Ohio's Canton Repository. "Fewer still walk away from a full-time job at a large pharmaceutical company to chase that dream." The subject of the article, Butler University head men's basketball coach Brad Stevens, is a 1999 DePauw graduate who addressed the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club yesterday.

"Stevens, 31, was working as a marketing assistant for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis when he decided coaching was his true passion," writes Joe Frollo. "The DePauw University graduate left that job to become a volunteer assistant under Thad Matta at Butler."

Stevens recalls, "It was a great opportunity. I never thought about the loss of money. I just went for it."

Three months later, he was made a paid assistant coach at Butler, remained on the staff when Matta took the top job at Ohio State, and was given Butler's head coaching post in April 2007 after Matta's replacement, Todd Lickliter, left for the University of Iowa. In his first year at the helm, Stevens guided a team that established "a Brad Stevens avq.jpgschool record for wins, a Great Alaska Shootout championship and a No. 9 ranking in the Associated Press poll."

"Team sports are dependent on individual accountability," Stevens says. "When you are talking about players who are 18 to 22 years old, you have to get them to buy into the team before you can do anything else. Most of our guys don't go on to play professional basketball. Our guys go on to be professionals in other things."

Access the complete text and an accompanying video at the Repository's Web site.

Learn more about Brad Stevens, who was an economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw, in this previous story.