The Boston Celtics are a team in transition. General Manager Danny Ainge has trades away Celtic legend Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Ray Allen left last season. Now the team is rebuilding with 9 first round draft picks in the next 5 seasons, Rajon Rondo, and now a new head coach. With Doc Rivers heading to the Los Angeles Clippers, Ainge had to fill the coaching seat and he has turned to one of the few men to lead a team to back-to-back NCAA championship games. Butler University head coach Brad Stevens is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics. He’s the first Celtic coach with no NBA experience since Alvin “Doggie” Julian, who was hired in 1948 and fired two years later to be replaced by Red Auerbach.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity with a historic franchise. We have done everything we possibly can to keep him. Brad is a very bright, very articulate, and a wonderful, wonderful person who’s handled this as well as he’s handled everything else you’ve seen him do,” admitted Butler University president James M. Danko. “Brad has given his talent to our university with exceptional generosity, integrity, and humility [and is] a beloved member of our community. We have done everything we can to keep Brad here at Butler; however, the Celtics team has offered Brad and his family a unique opportunity with which no university can compete.”
Butler has been one of the most successful programs in college basketball under Stevens. At no point in his six seasons of head coaching did the Bulldogs finish with less than 22 wins, and his 166-49 for the first six years of his career was the best mark for any NCAA Division 1 head coach ever. He had been signed by Butler until 2025; now he signs a contract with Boston for six years worth $22 million dollars.
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