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Brad Stevens: Teach Kids The Right Way To Play

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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.

In this clip, Stevens tells us what he thinks are the most important attributes for a youth coach -- "high energy, enthusiastic, positive." He also thinks it's appropriate for youth coaches to teach kids the right way to play, including appropriately healthy doses of constructive criticism. Most importantly, Stevens says youth coaches should treat kids in a way that gets them coming back to play.