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Butler’s Stevens Takes Celtics Job

Tribune report4:44 p.m. CDT, July 3, 2013

Brad Stevens is leaving Butler to succeed Doc Rivers as coach of the Boston Celtics, the school and the Celtics announced Wednesday.

“Our family is thrilled for the opportunity given to us by the leadership of the Boston Celtics, but it is emotional to leave a place that we have called home for the past 13 years,” Stevens, 36, said in a statement.

In six seasons at Butler, Stevens guided the Bulldogs to a 166-49 record that included six postseason trips and two consecutive berths in the NCAA title game in 2010 and 2011.

“Brad and I share a lot of the same values,” Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. “Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.”

Stevens will be introduced at a news conference Friday in Boston.

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