INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs looks on in the first half while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke won 61-59. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
BOSTON — Come next season, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can ask to be addressed as “Dr. Stevens.”
The request might not be fulfilled, but he can ask, at least.
Butler University will present Stevens with an honorary doctorate at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 10, according to a Butler press release. The doctorate will recognize Stevens’ contributions to the university as its men’s basketball coach before he left last summer to coach the Celtics.
“We didn’t have a formal opportunity to thank Brad or celebrate the many contributions he made to the Butler community,” Butler president James M. Danko said in a statement. “So for us, this will be that chance. Brad was a dedicated member of the Butler community for more than a dozen years, and still maintains close ties to the university. It is wholly appropriate that we honor him at commencement with his first Butler degree.”
Stevens attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he earned his degree in economics. He left his job at Eli Lilly and Co. to join Butler’s coaching staff as a volunteer under Thad Matter in 200o, eventually rising to head coach and leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games.Filed under: Ben Watanabe, Boston Celtics, College Basketball, Top Stories