Celtics land Butler's Brad Stevens as next head coach
Reports Wednesday, however, suggest that they did a pretty nice job in filling Rivers' shoes, as the Celtics signed former Butler head coach Brad Stevens. The terms of the deal were not announced due to team policy.
Over the past six years, Stevens has propelled himself to the top echelon of college basketball coaches. He has never won fewer than 22 games in a season, and has made two finals appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He was also the youngest head coach to appear in the Final Four since Bob Knight in 1973.
He has accomplished all of this despite the fact that he has been handed mostly mid-major talent. Unlike schools such as Duke and Ohio State who pump out professionals into the NBA, Stevens' pros are highlighted by Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack.
Considering all of the success that Stevens has had at Butler, along with the fact that he has turned down offers from more reputable basketball schools, it is very surprising to see Stevens leaving for the NBA.
At 36 years of age, Stevens is now the youngest coach in the league, beating out 38-year-old Jacque Vaughn of the Orlando Magic.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge expectedly spoke kind words of his new head coach shortly after the signing. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with an impeccable character and a strong work ethic," said Ainge. "His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18."
Stevens will be entering a similar situation to what he was in at Butler, as the Celtics are rebuilding and will have limited talent on their roster when the season tips off. If anyone can turn a mediocre roster into a winning team, Stevens is the man to do it.
As of now, it looks like the Celtics did very well in their head coaching search to land such a highly touted young coach in Brad Stevens.