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In the wake of Doc Rivers departure, Danny Ainge has maintained that the Celtics would take their time in choosing the next head coach of the team…until today.
This afternoon, the Celtics announced that they have hired former Butler University head basketball coach, Brad Stevens, to be the new coach of the team.
In six seasons as head coach of the Butler Bulldogs, Stevens went a remarkable 166-49. The 166 wins is the most for a NCAA division I basketball coach in his first six seasons, ever. Stevens also led Butler to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011.
At 36 years old, Stevens is five months younger than Kevin Garnett, and the youngest coach in franchise history. Stevens attended college at DePauw university where he played basketball and graduated with a degree in economics. All 12 seasons of Stevens’ coaching career took place at Butler, where he was made an assistant coach in 2001, and subsequently became the head coach in 2007.
In Stevens, the Celtics are getting a proven winner who has a track record of getting his players to overachieve. Stevens also values the analytics side of basketball, which is something that Ainge has also tried to embrace with his personnel decisions.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Celtics stick with Rajon Rondo as the face of the franchise for the time being. Given Ainge’s history of his actions contradicting the public statements he makes, and the fact that Stevens is a young coach, it may be time for the Celtics to completely turn the page on an era by dealing their all-star point guard.