The Boston Celtics have hired 36-year-old Brad Stevens as their new coach.
The Celtics had appeared to be trying to add youthful nature to their squad this season after experienced duo Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce both left to join the Brooklyn Nets and this move further confirms their intentions.
Stevens impressed as coach of the Butler Bulldogs, leading them to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011, but he does not have any experience of coaching in the NBA.
Stevens becomes the first college coach to be appointed at the Celtics since Rick Pitino in 1997 and their first coach with no NBA experience since 1948 – making it a risky move for the club.
Celtics general manager insists that Stevens will be a good appointment, though. He said to NBA.com: "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,” he added.
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