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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.