On Friday the Boston Celtics will officially introduce Brad Stevens as the new head coach of the team. With that means another basketball squad announced Stevens was moving on.
Jim Danko, President of Butler University, and Athletic Director Barry Collier addressed the media Wednesday evening to talk about the departure of their former coach.
Stevens worked with the team for 13 years, the past six as head coach. The Bulldogs were 166-49 under Stevens, which includes a 12-5 record in the NCAA Tournament.
"We are extremely pleased for Brad," Danko said. "That's a wonderful opportunity with, frankly, a storied franchise that is hard to argue with the reasons someone would be attracted to it.
"Brad has done a tremendous job for us. Obviously it will be a loss for us, but we move ahead with a lot of confidence. We've had a long tradition here at Butler. We've been very fortunate with our approach we've taken to our men's basketball program. We certainly wish Brad all the best."
Collier said he found out about Stevens' departure on Wednesday and met with the team's student athletes before the news was released. He described Stevens as a "very bright, very articulate, and a wonderful, wonderful person who handled this as well as he's handled everything else you guys have seen."
"I want to thank Brad for all his great effort and success that he's had here and wish him the very best with the Celtics," Collier said. "I think it's a great opportunity for him, but in that same way it means that he's leaving our program. And while we have every confidence that our student athletes and our program will continue on without skipping a beat, we appreciate Brad and we've had a special relationship with him and that will continue."
Butler has begun looking for a new head coach.