It was a bittersweet Wednesday on the campus of Butler University. Brad Stevens announced that he was leaving the school he coached at for 13 years to take over as the next Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. University President James Danko and Athletic Director Barry Collier were notified of the move on the same day. The pair held a press conference at Hinkle Fieldhouse and emphasized how proud they were of Stevens who got Butler to two national championship games.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity with a storied franchise, it is hard to argue with the reason. Brad has done a tremendous job for us here obviously it is a big loss for us,” said Danko.
“We have every confidence our student athletes will continue on without skipping a beat. We appreciate Brad, we have a special relationship with him and that will continue,” added Collier.
Stevens made sure to notify his players before making the announcement, he held a team meeting at Butler on Wednesday afternoon.
“It was very tough for him to say actually when he walked into the locker room tears were already rolling down his eyes because he really didn’t know how to tell us the news. It was just a decision that it is defiantly a legendary franchise with the Boston Celtics and he told us he had other offers with other colleges. He told us for sure he would never ever go to another school,” said Butler Forward Khyle Marshall.
As hard as it is to say goodbye Butler is already moving forward. The search has begun for Stevens replacement, there’s no time-table for a decision but we can already rule out one candidate. AD Barry Collier who served as head coach from 1989-2000 joked that his name is out of the mix.
“My announcement would also include I hired myself as basketball coach and it took me that long to fire myself. So now we have to find a good coach.”