Brad Stevens has won the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award for February. It isn't hard to imagine him winning Coach of the Year at some point in the next few years, either.
The third-year Celtics coach guided his squad to an Eastern Conference-best 9-3 record during the month, including a perfect 6-0 mark at TD Garden. The C’s (36-25 overall) finished the month in sole possession of third place in the East behind Cleveland and Atlantic Division foe, Toronto. Boston led the conference in points per game (110.8), free throw percentage (81.3 percent), and finished second in assists per game (26.8) to Atlanta (27.5).
Stevens appeared on The Vertical podcast with Chris Mannix today, where he describes a coaching job he didn't get, right before he signed on to be Butler's head coach.
"I actually applied for a Division III coaching job a week before (former Butler) coach (Todd) Lickliter left to go to Iowa, and I got a letter in the mail that said I wasn’t one of the finalists because I didn’t have my master’s degree," said Stevens, who ultimately succeeded Lickliter as the head coach at Butler that year, "because I’d stopped going to school full-time, and they wanted people, obviously, with the ability to teach at the Division III level as well."