Brad Stevens '99 Honored as Nation's Top Mid-Major Hoops Coach

Brad Stevens '99 Honored as Nation's Top Mid-Major Hoops Coach

January 9, 2009

Brad Stevens 99 Baseline.jpgJanuary 9, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Brad Stevens, head men's basketball coach at Butler University and 1999 graduate of DePauw, is the recipient of "the midseason Hugh Durham Award, presented to the nation's top mid-major coach by," reports today's Indianapolis Star. Stevens received the award yesterday, the same day his team -- ranked #21 in the nation -- improved its record to 13-1 by defeating Wright State (which is coached by Brad Brownell '91), 64-48.

"Stevens, 32, is in his second season as coach. He received seven of 20 first-place votes, edging Tim Jankovich of Illinois State," writes David Woods. "Butler players have acknowledged Stevens has given them confidence all season."

Brad Stevens IS 2008a.jpg"He keeps us focused on the next possession and the next game only. So I think that helps a lot," freshman starter Gordon Hayward tells the newspaper. "He believes we can do whatever we put our minds to, so why not believe him? He knows what he's doing." (photo at right: Indianapolis Star/Heather Charles)

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Brad Stevens was an economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw. Learn more in this recent story.