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Brad Stevens: The Most Job-Secure Coach in College Basketball

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs claps from the sidelines against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Doug BrodessCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2012

Coaches don't have the greatest amount of job security.

You can win a national championship one year and lose your job two years later—just ask former Auburn head football coach, Gene Chizik.

A few college basketball coaches probably don't spend many sleepless nights wondering whether or not they are going to be employed in the near future.

The names Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams come to mind.

After Butler beat No. 1 ranked/state-rival Indiana Saturday, a third name might rightfully belong in that group—Brad Stevens.

While he doesn't yet have the ultimate "skin on the wall" (a national championship), he has had an outrageous amount of success at a school (Butler) that very few people expect to thrive at the highest level of college hoops.

To say that Stevens has done exceptionally well in his first five seasons as the Bulldogs head coach is an understatement.

Butler's official website details the 36-year-old sideline leader's accomplishments this way:

"...Stevens has led the Bulldogs to a 139-40 record, four Horizon League regular season championships, three league tournament titles and five trips to postseason tournament play.  He owns the top-two, single-season win totals in Butler and Horizon League history, and he’s the only coach in school and league history to lead a team to the NCAA Division I National Championship game, something he’s done twice!"

It goes on to say:

"Stevens, who owns two Horizon League Coach of the Year awards, has rewritten the NCAA record book for Best Coaching Starts by Wins, He captured the five-year record (139), moving ahead of Everett Case of North Carolina State (1947-51) in 2011-12, and he owns the three-year (89) and four-year (117) records."

Stevens' season-by-season records (Wikipedia) are:

  • 2007-08: 30-4
  • 2008-09: 26-6
  • 2009-10: 33-5
  • 2010-11: 28-10
  • 2011-12: 22-15

Stevens' coaching resume is filled with some very impressive individual wins. His Butler teams have beaten quite a few of the most legendary programs in college basketball: UCLA (2009), Ohio State (2009), Syracuse (2010), Michigan State (2010), Wisconsin (2011), Florida (2011), and this year, Marquette (2012), North Carolina  (2012) and Indiana (2012).

In Stevens' first year as Butler's head coach, his alumni newspaper from DePauw University detailed on Jan. 6, 2008 an article "Soon Many Will Know Brad Stevens" that Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star wrote. Kind of prophetic, don't you think?

If job security is the degree of confidence that someone has about keeping their current gig, Stevens may today be the most job-secure coach in college basketball.

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