After Butler's loss in the national championship game, Brad Stevens that same week spoke at Sunday services at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, delivering a message about success and adversity. Not unlike his coaching style, there didn't appear to be yelling and screaming as part of what he said to fellow members of the congregation.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Stevens is a religious man who is relatively quiet about his faith and someone who leads by example rather forcing his values on anyone.
Stevens said he considers the values that underpin the Butler basketball program to be "faith-based in their origin." But when it comes to faith and his players, Stevens said, "I don't think we preach, but we support."
Player Ronald Nored, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister, said he has exchanged Bible verses with Stevens a few times. But he says his coach is hesitant to bring such things to the team. Even so, the example Stevens sets as a coach, father and husband has made an impression.
Said Nored, "I think he is the most genuine person I have ever met in my life -- ever."
It's been written that Stevens carries with him a choirboy image and an angelic appearance, but it probably says more about the guy that his teaching methods are what appear to be very refined.
Whether it's in church or on the court, he's not the type to be shoving his beliefs down your throat. That's the kind of style that resonates -- whether it's in the living room of a recruit or in the heat of the moment in the NCAA tournament.