April 15, 2008

Butler Awards New Contract To Brad Stevens

April 15, 2008

Butler University has awarded a new contract to men's basketball coach Brad Stevens, who guided the Bulldogs to the most successful season in school history. The new seven-year deal signed by Stevens extends the coach's contract through the 2014-15 season.

"We are extremely excited to reach this long-term agreement to have Brad continue to lead our program," said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier. "Brad has demonstrated that he understands the Butler Way, and we look forward to continued success under his leadership.

Stevens, 31, was named Butler's 21st head coach on April 5, 2007, ending his six-year tenure as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. He completed his first season as a head coach last month, after leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.

"My family and I are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue coaching at Butler, and more importantly, to continue to be a part of the Butler community," stated Stevens.

Stevens guided the Bulldogs to a school- and Horizon League-record 30-4 mark and a berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Along the way, the Bulldogs won the Great Alaska Shootout, captured a second consecutive Wooden Tradition trophy, won a second straight Horizon League regular season championship and claimed the Horizon League Tournament title. Butler won a first round NCAA Tournament game with a victory over South Alabama, 81-61.

Butler was one of just nine Division I teams to record 30 victories in 2007-08. The Bulldogs set a school and Horizon League record with 27 regular season wins and tied a school record with 16 wins away from Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler was ranked in the "Top 25" of both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today national polls for a school-record 19 consecutive weeks, including a school-record five weeks in the "Top 10".

Stevens is the first coach in Butler men's basketball history to own a 30-4 career record. His former boss, Todd Lickliter (2001-02), legendary coach Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle (1926-28) and Harlan O. "Pat" Page (1920-22) each posted a 28-6 record through their first 34 games at Butler. Stevens also became the third youngest coach in NCAA Division I history to guide his team to 30 wins and the youngest in more than half a century! Bradley's Forddy Anderson won his 30th game the day before his 31st birthday in 1950, and North Carolina's Ben Carnevale was 30 when he led the Tar Heels to 30 wins in 1946.