Suddenly, or so it seems anyway, Brad Stevens is head coach of the most iconic name in pro basketball, the NBA’s Boston Celtics.
Even Brad Stevens, new Boston Celtics head coach, seems surprised.
It’s not altogether sudden, though. Stevens has certainly paid some dues, like virtually all coaches.
It’s just that it is indeed relatively quick, with the pace made to seem meteoric by a couple things. First is simply the landing spot — again, the Boston Celtics — and second is that unlike almost all other coaches, he didn’t really plan at all while in college for someday going into coaching, or didn't at least come to coaching after a pro playing career.
In fact, Stevens’ story seemed stunningly improbable enough three years ago when he guided Butler University to the first of what wound up back-to-back NCAA title game appearances.
Stevens during his time at Butler.
He’d gotten into coaching just a decade earlier with the help of Pete Smith, the former Penn High head coach who was then at Carmel.
Those beginning steps were outlined in a story I did the week of Stevens’ first Final Four trip.
Thought you might get an even bigger kick out of it now.
Meanwhile, just as a side note, Stevens’ hiring paired with Steve Alford’s at UCLA, means Indiana-grown men have been named during the last couple months as head coaches of both the most storied team in pro basketball and the most storied team in college basketball. Not a bad offseason for the state that remains the standard.