Love stories that begin as college sweethearts definitely feel adorable. There's something pure about the way they have continued to remain in love even after graduation.
Brad Stevens met the love of his life during his University days and there has been no turning back since. The duo appears to be in a blissful married life that is still going as strong as ever even after a decade and a half of togetherness.
Brad Stevens' Married Life
Brad Stevens is married to his wife Tracy Wilhelmy Stevens. The couple tied the knot in August 2003.
The pair first met while they were both studying at DePauw University. She was an avid soccer player which resulted in them bonding so quickly over their mutual love of sports.
Brad drove her an hour and a half to attend a high school basketball game on their third date. Both of them graduated in 1999.
The couple shares two children together, a son named Brady Stevens and a daughter named Kinsley Stevens.
During an interview, Brad compared his role as a Celtics coach to being a father. The basketball coach claimed he puts forth his best effort on the sidelines the same way he does at home. He said:
"You want to put your signature on this job. You want to do the very best you can. You want the people that you are working with to feel like you are invested in them and that you are putting a lot of time and thought into them.
"You want to do that with your own children. You want them to know that you are doing everything you can to help them have a great next day."
Brad added, the best stuff he tries to instill in his children is to be kind and do the right things from a very young age.
Earlier, Stevens graduated from De Pauw and started his career at a pharmaceutical company named Eli Lilly and Company which is headquartered in Indianapolis.
While dating Tracy back in 2000, he informed his girlfriend about the job offer he had just received from Butler. This was a golden opportunity to work in its basketball office on a volunteer basis.
This was so crucial to Brad and Tracy reportedly gave it a thought for around two hours before ultimately telling her boyfriend to pursue the opportunity.
"That’s the only time I ever questioned it. It was so obvious to me that this was his passion and this was going to make him happy. And then that was the end of it. I loved him."
This adorable duo is also involved with the American Cancer Society's Coaches Vs. Cancer. After Tracy's mother passed away in June 2004, Brad said the cause really hit home for the pair. Moreover, the couple hosted a fundraiser for the organization.
Tracy Is A Labor And Employment Lawyer Who Serves As Brad's Agent
In addition to being a key part of Brad's personal life, Tracy serves as Brad's agent as well.
A few years after graduating from DePauw, Tracy decided to pursue a law degree. When Brad took a volunteer position at Bulter, the future was uncertain so Tracy felt she needed to support the couple.
Wilhelmy became an attorney after graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleaveland with specialization in contract and labor law.
Tracy worked at Indianapolis-based Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, later leaving the firm after Kinsley's birth. As per DePauw's alumni newsletter, Tracy wanted "to run the household so Brad can focus on coaching".
When Brad was hired by the Celtics, his wife was actually the one who negotiated his contract. Speaking on this, Wilhelmy said:
"Brad uses a group to do his speaking and marketing deals, but I do his contracts. I was a labor and employment attorney so looking at a contract is exactly what I was trained to do."
"This was not like a grueling negotiation. It was a conversation mostly between Brad and Danny Ainge, but I had a few conversations with their general counsel about a couple of technical points."
Brad currently coaches Boston Celtics and Tracy works as his manager. Brad remarked humorously that he is the only person in the sport that gives his agent '100-percent of his paycheck'.
Brad Stevens: Quick Facts
- Born on 22nd October 1976 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- His birth sign is Libra.
- His parents are Mark Stevens and Jan Stevens.
- His father is an orthopedic surgeon.
- He was raised in Zionsville, Indiana.
- He went to Zionsville Community High School.
- He graduated from DePauw University with a BA degree in Economics.
- He was a three-time Academic All-America nominee student in the University.
- He led Butler University to two consecutive national championships.
- He was named the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2013.
- He set four school records playing for the Zionsville Community High School basketball team.
- While at Butler, he broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach's initial three years.
- He replaced Doc Rivers as the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2013.
- His net worth is estimated to be $6 million.