No coach in Butler men's basketball history can boast of a better career start than Brad Stevens. In fact, only three coaches in the history of NCAA Division I basketball can make that claim!
Stevens, who was named Butler's head coach on April 5, 2007, wasted little time re-writing Butler's record books. He guided the Bulldogs to a school- and Horizon League-record 30-4 mark in his initial season as a collegiate head coach, including a school-record 16 league victories. He became the first coach in school and league history to post a 30-win season and just the sixth first-year coach in NCAA history to finish with 30 victories. Only three Division I coaches in NCAA history - Bill Guthridge of North Carolina (34-4 in 1997-98), Bill Hodges of Indiana State (33-1 in 1978-79) and Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh (31-5 in 2003-04) - recorded more wins in their first season as a head coach!
Stevens, 31, became the third-youngest NCAA Division I coach to guide his team to 30 wins and the youngest in more than half a century! Bradley's Forddy Anderson won his 30th game the day before his 31st birthday in 1950, and North Carolina's Ben Carnevale was 30 when he led the Tar Heels to 30 wins in 1946. Only 11 NCAA Division I coaches in their 30's have posted 30-win seasons.
The 2007-08 Bulldogs, under Stevens, won the Great Alaska Shootout, captured a second straight Wooden Tradition trophy, claimed a second consecutive Horizon League regular season championship, won the Horizon League Tournament title and notched a first round NCAA Tournament win for the second straight year. Butler was ranked in the "Top 25" of both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today national polls for a school- and Horizon League-record 19 consecutive weeks, including a record five weeks in the "Top 10." The Bulldogs climbed to No. 8 in the nation on Feb. 18, the highest national ranking in school history!
Stevens was an assistant coach under Todd Lickliter for six seasons, 2001-07, at Butler. During that period, the Bulldogs compiled a 131-61 record, won three Horizon League regular season championships, made four trips to postseason tournament play and achieved Butler's first "Top 10" national ranking. He became the first assistant coach in Butler basketball history to help the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Sweet 16 twice (2003 and 2007), and he contributed to more NCAA Tournament wins (4) than any previous Butler assistant basketball coach. Teams during his tenure as an assistat coach compiled the top three single season win totals in Butler basketball history prior to 2007-08.
Stevens joined the Bulldogs' staff under Thad Matta 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.
Just one year after graduating from college, Stevens left a position as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis to pursue a career in basketball coaching. He served in a volunteer capacity in Butler's basketball office during the summer of 2000, before eventually gaining a full-time administrative position on the Bulldogs' staff under Matta in the fall of 2000.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs' staff, Stevens served as a volunteer basketball coach at Carmel High School, working with coach Pete Smith. He further served as an assistant coach for the 17-year-old Municipal Gardens AAU team, helping the squad to a 12th place finish in the national tournament.
Stevens completed a stellar high school basketball career in 1995 as the all-time basketball scoring leader at Zionsville High School in Indiana with 1,508 career points. During his prep career, he also set team all-time records for three-point field goals (since broken) and assists (444), and he tied the all-time mark for steals (156). He set single season records for points (644) and scoring average (26.8). Stevens went on to earn all-conference and academic all-conference honors as a four-year member of the basketball team at DePauw University. He played in 101 games in four seasons, and he served as a team captain as a senior. He received DePauw's "Coaches Award" in 1998-99.
Stevens earned a B.A. degree in economics from DePauw in 1999. He and his wife, Tracy, have an infant son, Brady.