After losing Doc Rivers to the Clippers, the Boston Celtic introduced Brad Stevens as the 17th head coach of the franchise on Friday (July 5), reports ESPN.com.
Stevens has spent the past six years coaching at Butler University, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and ’11. He has a career winning percentage of .772 and never won fewer than 22 games in a season. But… has no NBA experience.
The announcement was made during a press conference, where the new coach said he was “absolutely humbled” by the opportunity to coach the Celtics.
“One of the things that I am so thrilled about is working at a place that has such high standards,” Stevens said, “and places such a value on culture.”
Ainge said at Friday’s introduction that his “first phone call” after Rivers’ departure was to Stevens. “Brad was my first choice,” Ainge said. “I have watched and admired his poise, his intelligence, his teams, their effort, their execution under pressure. I’ve always looked at him the last few years as a guy that was a great candidate to be a head coach, never really thinking it was going to be this soon in Celtics history but is a guy that I have targeted for a long time as a potential great head coach.”
At 36, Stevens is currently the youngest coach in the NBA. An ESPN source, close to the Celtics, confirmed that Stevens’ deal is for six years and $22 million.
He will have his work cut out for him though, as he’s tasked with the challenge of leading a young team through a rebuilding process, after losing Rivers, and veteran superstars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.