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Stevens Set To End Celtics Woes

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Last week was not a good one for Boston's professional sports teams.

The Bruins gave up a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals en route to awarding the Blackhawks with their second championship in three years.

The Red Sox are leading the AL East but in the eyes of most New Englanders, if the Sox come out with anything less than a World Series win, the season is all but a success.

And to put the cherry on top of the sundae of sports suffering, the Celtics traded their two cornerstone franchise players, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, to Brooklyn and their do-it-all coach Doc Rivers has scurried off to the West Coast.

However, with a surprise move on Wednesday, the Celtics shed a ray of hope upon their club when they hired Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens. The 36-year-old Stevens takes Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn's place as the youngest NBA coach in the league.

But don't correlate his age with lack of coaching wisdom. 

In just 6 seasons at Butler, Stevens has accrued 166 wins, the most by a team in Division I history. Let's not forget about the two NCAA championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011, either.

Stevens' six-year, 22 million dollar contract with the Celtics is evidence that management is willing to give him time to build a successful team. 

While this event may seem random and surprising, other NBA teams are doing the same.

After all, age is just a number.

Our SWX staff searched around the league to find the top ten youngest coaches after Stevens:

10. Tyrone Corbin
Team: Utah Jazz
DOB: December 31, 1962
Age: 50 

9. Jeff Hornacek
Team: Phoenix Suns
DOB: May 3, 1963
Age: 50

8. Mark Jackson
Team: Golden State Warriors
DOB: April 1, 1965
Age: 48

7. Scott Brooks
Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
DOB: July 31, 1965
Age: 47

6. Mike Brown
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
DOB: March 5, 1970
Age: 43

5. Erik Spoelstra
Team: Miami Heat
DOB: November 1, 1970
Age: 42

4. Monty Williams
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
DOB: October 8, 1971
Age: 41

3. Jason Kidd
Team: Brooklyn Nets
DOB: March 23, 1973
Age: 40

2. Frank Vogel
Team: Indiana Pacers
DOB: June 21, 1973
Age: 39

1. Jacque Vaughn
Team: Orlando Magic
DOB: February 11, 1975
Age: 38