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BRAD STEVENS

Basketball Coach

Brad Stevens, collegiate basketball coach and son of Dr. Mark and Jan Stevens born October 22, 1976 in Greenville S.C. Brad is a Zionsville Community High School graduate in 1995. Stevens played high school basketball at Zionsville, setting four school records in career scoring, assists, steals and three-point goals. He was also a member of National Honor Society.

He earned a B.A. degree in Economics from DePauw in 1999. He was a four - year member of the basketball team at DePauw, a Division III level college, earning the squad's "Coaches Award" in 1998-99.

He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, son Brady, 5, and daughter Kinsley, 2. Brad, 34, was introduced as the new men's basketball head coach at Butler University on April 4, 2007, just three days after his former boss, Todd Lickliter, was named head coach at the University of Iowa. Brad became third consecutive former Butler assistant coach to be named head coach of the Bulldogs, and he served under the previous two- Thad Matta and Lickliter. He joined the Bulldogs' staff in 2000-01 as coordinator of basketball operations, handling a variety of administrative duties. He was offered a full-time assistant coaching position by Lickliter in 2001-02. The Butler coach left a position as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis to pursue a career in coaching basketball. He served in a volunteer capacity in Butler's basketball office during the summer of 2000, before eventually gaining a full-time administrative position under Matta.

In his debut season of 2007-08, Brad helped Butler become the first team in school and Horizon League history to record 30 wins! Only three coaches in NCAA Division 1 history- Bill Guthridge, North Carolina(34), Bill Hodges, Indiana State(33) and Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh (31 )- posted more first-year wins than the Butler coach. And at 31, Stevens became the third- youngest Division 1 coach to guide his team to 30 wins- the youngest in more than half a century!

This new coaching icon led his team to the NCAA Championship Game the past two years. He is a promoter of "The Butler Way- selflessness, hard work, servant hood and humility." Brad is a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. He and his wife Tracy have actively supported the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America; American Cancer Society, Interfaith Hunger Initiative, Jukes Foundation for Kids and other worthy causes. At the Zionsville Rotary Club 25th Anniversary in May Brad was honored by the Zionsville Town Council, which officially made May 12 Brad Stevens Day.

These past years one could read about Brad Stevens and Butler in the Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, and Philadelphia Daily News. Indianapolis Star, Zionsville Times Sentinel and many other news periodicals. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said Stevens and team were "the best advertisement Indiana ever had".

In 2013 Brad became the coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics.

Compiled and nominated by Ralph W Stacy