The Boston Celtics shocked the NBA Wednesday, announcing that they had hired Butler coach Brad Stevens as the team’s next head coach.
Stevens had not been mentioned as a possible replacement for Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Clippers a week ago, and Boston was in complete control of the news on its new coach, sending out a link to a press release announcing his hiring from its official Twitter account.
“Brad and I share a lot of the same values,” Celtics GM Danny Ainge said in a release. “Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. 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, 36, was Butler’s head coach for six years, compiling a 166-49 record and leading the team to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including title game berths in 2010 in 2011, where the Bulldogs lost to Duke and Connecticut, respectively.
Stevens, who quit his job at a pharmaceutical company in 2000 to take a volunteer position on then-coach Thad Matta’s staff at Butler, has no NBA coaching experience.