Enough can’t be said about the 17th head coach in the history of the Boston Celtics — and that is Brad Stevens — who took his team to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive year. That is quite remarkable. Or maybe, that’s just unbelievable. Either way, he has won 221 games with the Boston Celtics in his fifth season as a head coach.
So, who exactly is Brad Stevens?
Well, besides the fact, that he’s currently a basketball coach for the hottest team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, there is a lot more to his name than just that. When Stevens was young, he had one dream in mind. And that was to become an NBA player. But despite his set school records for scoring, assists, steals, and three-point field goals, his dream came up a little short.
Anyways, Stevens has had a lot to show for as a head coach with the Celtics. I mean, just last year, he earned the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Not to mention, he’s the sixth Celtics coach to earn the honor. He is seeking his first championship win as a head coach — and the first championship win for the Celtics franchise since 2008. And the Celtics are almost at the final stage… They just have to knock off ‘The King of the NBA’ and then they reach the Finals. If there is anything for me to say, it’s that Stevens is one ‘hell’ of an amazing head coach.
Brad Stevens Net Worth As Of 2019: $6 Million
Are you curious about Brad Stevens net worth? Aforementioned, he’s worth around $6 million. And yes, he’s a rich coach. As for his annual salary, it’s around $3 million. Let’s dive right into how his journey as a career coach unfolded.
Brad Stevens, 41, was born in Zionsville, Indiana. When he was young, he already developed a passion for basketball. He went onto become a star basketball player at Zionsville Community High School. Once he graduated, he attended DePauw University, and later, he became the captain as a senior. He was also a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
In 2001, Stevens became a full-time assistant for Butler University. Soon after that, Stevens got his next job. He was chosen to take over as head coach for the Butler Bulldogs.
Stevens first season with the Bulldogs got off to a strong and fascinating start, winning his first eight games. And hear this — Stevens was the second youngest coach in Division I basketball at the start of the 2007-08 season. Wow. Isn’t that something? He definitely made being a head coach look easy and finished the season with the Bulldogs at 27-3. As the season winded down, Butler signed Stevens to a seven-year contract. But there was nobody more grateful and excited for Stevens than Barry Collier — who is the athletic director at Butler University.
“We are extremely excited to reach this long-term agreement to have Brad continue to lead our program,” Collier said.
And his next season, he accomplished a huge milestone as the head coach with the Butler Bulldogs. He notched his 50th win and became the sixth head coach in NCAA history to reach 50 wins in 56 games or fewer. Damn. No way! Yeah, you can say that again… Also, he was named as a finalist for the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award.
Arguably, without a doubt — Stevens third season as head coach — was definitely the best season out of all of them. How so? Not only did he exceed the most wins in a coach’s first three years, what about the fact he also coached Butler to their first Final Four in school history? Now, we are talking about a future NBA head coach. Nevertheless, the next season, Stevens and Butler were right back at the Final Four. What a job he has done. I think, it’s safe to say, that he is a coaching prodigy. Does anyone else think so?
As mentioned before, Stevens was a future NBA head in coach in the makings. And to say the least, he got there as easy as pie. He was signed as the head coach for the Boston Celtics on July 3, 2013. It wasn’t until his second season as head coach — he took his team to the Eastern Conference Playoffs — and then took them once again to the Playoffs in his third year as the head coach.
Then, in 2017, Stevens was named the Eastern Conference head coach for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. And it was that same year, when the Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals and played the defending champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, look where we are. The Celtics pounded the Cavaliers 108-83 last night to take a 1-0 lead. And tomorrow night, they will look to do the same. Game 2 gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
So what exactly are Stevens ‘secrets’ to his success as a head coach?
Let me just say, he finds success by doing the little things well like communicating with his players. In other words, he’s careful with his language and he focuses on actions.
Now, let’s see if the Celtics could defeat the Cavaliers and capture an NBA Championship ring against either the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, or the Houston Rockets. It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Who else can’t wait for the NBA Finals?
Brad Stevens addressed the trade rumors surrounding Boston, saying “The NBA is what it is because of the scuttlebutt and excitement around it…most of it’s not true, but it’s still fun to listen to” prior to the Celtics’ game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.