Butler assistant Stevens takes over for Lickliter

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler hired assistant coach Brad Stevens on Wednesday, two days after Todd Lickliter left to take the job at Iowa.

Butler scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Thursday to introduce Stevens, 30, as its new coach.

"He's a familiar face to the program," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement.

Stevens was an assistant for six years at Butler under Lickliter and predecessor Thad Matta, now the coach at NCAA runner-up Ohio State. During that time, the Bulldogs have gone 131-61, won three Horizon League regular-season titles and made four trips to the postseason.

This year, the Bulldogs burst into the national spotlight after wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-off and were ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 for 16 consecutive weeks, climbing as high as No. 9.

In the NCAA tournament, Butler beat Old Dominion and Maryland and had a nine-point lead over eventual champion Florida before the
Gators pulled away in the final minutes to end the Bulldogs' season at 29-7.

Stevens joined the Butler staff as coordinator of basketball operations during the 2000-01 season. He previously had been a volunteer at Carmel High School.

Stevens played four years at DePauw, where he earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors.