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Brad Stevens: Staying Calm On The Sidelines

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens), is the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics) and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Stevens was the Head Coach of the Celtics until 2021. Stevens is most famous for his calm coaching style and demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and led the Celtics to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances as the coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

Stevens shares here that one of the things he's learned as a coach is that he operates best when he's focused on the game and what he can do to control the outcome. That means maintaining a calm demeanor on the sideline and not dwelling on things like perceived bad calls. The easiest way for him to "fix" things when they aren't going the way he wants during a game is to stay an even keel and not get too worked up. This also gives the team the message that they should stay calm and in control during hard times on the court.