Brad Stevens To Be Honored By Chicago Cubs

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens, who guided Butler to a national runner-up finish at this year’s NCAA Final Four, will be tested in a different arena when he visits Wrigley Field for a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins on Monday, May 10.  Stevens will be a special guest of the Cubs, and he’ll participate in pregame and in-game activities.

The 33-year-old Butler coach will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 7:10 p.m. (CDT) contest.  He then will lead fans in attendance in singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

Stevens, in his third season as Butler’s head coach, guided the Bulldogs to a 33-5 campaign, Horizon League regular season and tournament championships and a West Regional championship in the NCAA Tournament.  He became the first coach to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four, where Butler defeated Michigan State, 52-50, in the national semifinals before falling to Duke, 61-59, in the national championship game.

The Butler coach, who has guided the Bulldogs to an 89-15 record during his tenure, has more wins after three seasons than any other men’s basketball coach in NCAA history.  He broke the previous NCAA three-year record of 81 wins in early March.