2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team Assistant Coach
Butler University head coach Brad Stevens was named on Jan. 20, 2011, as an assistant coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team.
Stevens returns to USA Basketball after serving as a court coach during the 2010 USA U18 National Team training camp in San Antonio, Texas.
“I’m really excited to be a part of USA Basketball,” said Stevens. “It’s an honor to be asked to participate, to work with the USA Basketball staff and coach Martin, and to assist coach Painter in the World University Games.”
Stevens, whose storied Cinderella run to the 2010 NCAA title game garnered national attention, is in the middle of his fourth season at the helm of the Butler Bulldogs and currently owns a 13-6 overall record (all records as of 1/20/11) and a 5-2 slate in Horizon League play.
In all, during his successful stint as head coach at Butler, Stevens owns an amazing 102-21 (.829) record, has made three NCAA Tournament appearances, captured three Horizon League regular season titles and two Horizon League Tournament crowns.
Last season, Stevens and his Bulldogs entered the 2010 NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and rolled through the tournament before being stopped three points short of the title in a 61-59 loss to Duke in the championship game. Butler finished its most successful season in history with a 33-5 overall record, including a perfect 18-0 slate in the Horizon League for the regular season title and collected the Horizon League Tournament crown. The Bulldogs also assembled the longest winning streak in the nation heading into the NCAA title game with a school-record 25 straight victories. The 33 wins in 2009-10 also marked a school and Horizon League record, breaking the previous high-water mark of 30 set by Butler in 2007-08.
Stevens, who has been at the Butler helm since the 2007-08 season, earned in 2010 his second consecutive Horizon League Coach of the Year honor and was named 2010 NABC All-District 12 Coach following his undefeated regular season conference run.
Stevens in his first year piloted the Bulldogs to a 30-4 slate, marking school and conference records for single-season victories, won the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA second round. In finishing with 30 victories, at 31 years of age, Stevens became the third-youngest NCAA Division I coach to achieve that mark.
After being slated to finish fifth in the league, Stevens in 2008-09 won his second Horizon League regular season title, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 26-6 record. For his efforts, Stevens was named the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year and the Horizon League Coach of the Year.
Prior to being elevated to head coach, Stevens spent six years (2001-02 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. During that time Butler posted a 131-61 (.682) record, captured at least a share of three Horizon League regular season titles, won a pair of Horizon League Tournaments and advanced to the 2007 and 2003 NCAA Sweet Sixteens and played in the 2006 and 2002 NIT. He began his career at Butler in 2000-01 as coordinator of basketball operations.