Who gets a head coaching gig for a professional league without previous playing or coaching experience for that league? Brad Stevens.
Stevens currently is the youngest NBA head coach at age 37 as he accepted the position with the Boston Celtics when he was still 36. This comes after he led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA Division I national championship twice (in 2010 and 2011) as the only coach there to do so. He left Butler University with a 166-49 win-loss record over his six-year term, along with the top two season win totals both for Butler and the Horizon League.
The two-time Horizon Coach of the Year was offered his new post to replace Doc Rivers, who went to serve as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Since Stevens has another six years signed for his next team, maybe he will see some success, but his start is far from impressive so far with a .286 winning percentage after 14 games.
How are the Bulldogs doing now that Stevens is coaching the pros? The Bulldogs have earned victories in all of its regular season games and exhibitions that included two Tiger teams.
Just prior to the 2013-14 season tipoff, Butler came out victorious by striking down the Nova Southeastern Sharks on Tuesday, October 29, and pawing down the DePauw Tigers, on Saturday, November 2. The start to this season has treated Butler Ball extremely favorably with a perfect record, thanks to former assistant-turned head coach and Butler alum Brandon Miller, who graduated a decade ago.
After beating the Lamar Cardinals, Princeton Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores, they went on their first road run to play the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday and forged their latest victory by a tight margin.
I think that the Bulldogs can impose a threat on their opponents thanks to star student-athletes like senior forward Khyle Marshall and sophomore guard Kellen Dunham, and Butler could very well be contenders in its first season with the Big East.