Butler hires assistant Brandon Miller to replace Brad Stevens as head coach

The Butler Bulldogs announced on Saturday that assistant coach Brandon Miller will be promoted to replace former head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens left Butler to become the new head coach of the Boston Celtics.

According to the Associated Press, Butler only had two candidates in mind to replace Stevens. The two candidates were Miller and Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, who were both Butler alumni. Butler athletic director Barry Collier made the decision to hire Miller.

“I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference,” Collier said.

According to CBS Sports, Miller, 34, is an alumnus of Butler and played point guard for the Bulldogs when they went to the Sweet 16 in 2003. Miller spent last season as an assistant in Illinois and spent six years before that as an assistant for Ohio State.

Miller takes over a program that finished as NCAA tournament runner-ups in 2010 and 2011 and then reached the regional semifinals last season after missing the tournament in 2012.