The Butler Bulldogs are now a household name in the college basketball landscape thanks to Head Coach Brad Stevens.
Labeled as a “mid-major” program, Stevens led his Bulldogs to the NCAA National Championship in 2010 and 2011, where Butler came up short in both games versus national programs such as the Duke Blue Devils and the Connecticut Huskies.
Stevens has continued the tradition of the “Butler Way” a unique brand of basketball that puts an emphasis doing things the right way everyday and is focused on a team game.
In addition, during Stevens tenure Gordon Hayward, a member of the 2010 squad, was drafted by the Utah Jazz of the NBA and the program made the move from the Horizon League to the more competitive Atlantic-10 conference. Butler is currently in a tie for first place in the A-10.
Given all of Stevens’ success, it would be appropriate for him to earn an outrageous salary. However, that is not the case. According to reports, Stevens made only 1.2 million dollars in 2011, the year that he took his program to its second consecutive Final Four.
Now understand, nobody is going to lose sleep over what Stevens earns. He obviously is doing just fine. Nevertheless, in comparision to other coaches he makes a relatively modest salary.
From John Calipari of Kentucky who makes upwards of $5 million per year to Mike Krzyzewski of Duke who rakes in $4.7 million per year the salaries are high for the big time programs. However, an argument can be made that they bring in much more per season and are compensated adequately. Plus they win championships.
However, when you look at coaches with relatively less wins than Stevens, you start to appreciate what he has accomplished at Butler.
Now these are all fine coaches who do win games for their respective schools, but how many of them have been to two NCAA Final Fours? Zero.
And how many of them have been to two NCAA Championship games? Zero.
Given Butler’s winning tradition and the household brand that Bulldogs have become in the world of college basketball, Butler is getting quite a bargain in Coach Stevens.
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