INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Brandon Miller, a New Castle native, will be the next head coach of the Butler Bulldogs Men's Basketball team, the university announced Saturday.
This announcement comes after the Boston Celtics hired 36-year-old Brad Stevens from Butler as their coach on Wednesday. Stevens was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Boston Celtics during a news conference Friday morning.
Miller interviewed Wednesday night, shortly after news broke of Stevens departure. Miller graduated from Butler in 2003 and is a former Butler point guard and assistant coach, according to butlersports.com.
Miller was formally introduced by Butler officials during a news conference Saturday afternoon.
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"I am extremely pleased to announce that former Butler University men's basketball player and assistant coach Brandon Miller '03 has been appointed as head coach of the Butler men's basketball team, effective immediately," Butler University Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier said.
At the start of the press conference, Miller said he "could not be more humbled to be sitting in this seat today."
Collier noted that he had some outstanding candidates for the job, but "there is something special about somebody who has been a part of this program for a long time." He went on to say, "Brandon is incredibly bright and has utmost integrity."
Miller told the media this job is a dream come true for him and he knows what he needs to do to succeed.
"I'm not Brad Stevens. I am Brandon Miller," he said with confidence. "The same goals that we had a week ago are still our goals today."
Miller, whose father was a coach for 39 years, said he will work to get assistant coaches that fit for Butler University and their basketball program.
Brad Stevens congratulated Brandon Miller via Twitter Saturday after the press conference.
Congratulations to the Millers. Brandon is an inspiring person and coach - just like he played! One of BU's all-time greats.— Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) July 6, 2013
Butler officials also interviewed LaVall Jordan for the head coaching job. Jordan is also a former butler player and a current assistant coach at the University of Michigan.
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