According to Yahoo.com, two candidates have emerged as the leaders in the open spot at the head of Butler’s coaching staff. The two candidates are Lavall Jordan and Brandon Miller. Both players went to Butler and played for the Bulldogs and both have worked at Butler as assistants, in fact Miller is currently an assistant coach for the team.
When it comes to their coaching skills, both are young rising coaches who have had success as assistants in their previous stopovers. Jordan spent time at Iowa before heading over to Michigan where he is currently working. He helped the team reach the NCAA Finals last year. As for Miller, he worked at Ohio State and Illinois before coming back to work with coach Brad Stevens at Butler.
No matter who gets the job, it will come with a lot of pressure and scrutiny. After seven seasons with the Bulldogs, Brad Stevens coached the team to a 166-49 record and back to back NCAA finals appearances. Stevens was responsible for raising the profile of the school and gaining it national attention. With his departure, it remains to be seen how Butler will now be looked at in the recruiting scene.
Though the Bulldogs are still not a school that will attract the biggest superstars, Stevens knew how to chase the right players that would fit into his system. Whether Jordan, Miller, or some other guy ends up with the new coaching position, they will need to figure out how to approach the recruiting game in a similar fashion.
If the new coach at Butler decides to change how the team plays, I can foresee it going badly as the roster it currently has is completely a Brad Stevens roster and is meant to be played how he would have played them. The new coach will have to be able to adapt to the playbook and work within its possibilities to really get the maximum out of the current Butler roster.
Looking into the future, the new Bulldogs coach will also have to really make an effort to grind it out when it comes to recruiting and ensure that the progress Stevens made for the school is not lost with his departure. Stevens leaving is certainly a blow to the Butler program but it shouldn’t have to signify its demise. With the right coach and the right players, this team still has a chance at being a contender from year to year, it might just take a few years to regain some of the luster it is losing with Stevens leaving for the Boston Celtics.