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Brad Stevens Leaves Indiana Comfort Zone for Celtics

From childhood to Butler (right) and now Boston, Brad Stevens has always loved the game.
From childhood to Butler (right) and now Boston, Brad Stevens has always loved the game.Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis Star

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New Celtics coach Brad Stevens grew up in Zionsville, Indiana and fell in love with basketball in the basketball-mad state.

From childhood to high school to college, his knowledge of the game grew, along with his passion for it.

After graduating from DePauw University with a degree in economics, he left a good-paying position at pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly to gamble on a college coaching career at Butler University.

He quickly climbed from director of basketball operations to assistant to head coach.

Now, as the NBA’s youngest head coach, Stevens is a long way from Indiana and his comfort zone.

And while Stevens knows he has a lot to learn about the NBA, the 36-year-old believes lessons from his time in Zionsville, at DePauw and at Butler will help him in his new job.

And those who know Stevens best--his wife, his closest friends, his former Butler boss and his former players — believe the way Zionsville, DePauw and Butler shaped him, made him both humble and hyper-competitive, will help him succeed in Boston.

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