Butler Retains Johnson and Lewis

Brandon Miller made his first decisions for his staff by retaining assistant coaches Terry Johnson and Michael Lewis. Drew Cannon, the recently hired full-time statistics analyst manager, is headed to Boston with Brad Stevens

Brandon Miller wanted to talk with each of his coaches on the staff before deciding which direction that he wanted to go and didn't want to rush any decisions.

After talking with assistants Michael Lewis and Terry Johnson, both have decided to remained on the staff.

Johnson will be on the staff for his 9th season as a Butler assistant. The Illinois native had a stint as the director of basketball operations from 2004-2006, before coaching at IPFW for one season and then returned to Butler in 2007. He played collegiately at Lamar University.

Lewis will be in his 3rd season with the Bulldogs. The Jasper (IN) High School and Indiana University basketball player spent 6 seasons at Eastern Illinois prior to joining Butler in 2011.

The move gives continuation and familiarity for the team going into next season. Keeping the two primary assistant coaches left will give Miller more insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the players as well as potentially prevent a complete staff turnover, which could have resulted in player transfers.

It will also allow Butler to get more from the trip to Australia later this summer. Had the staff turned over more, it would have been a feeling out process for the staff, but now it can result in more growth from the players.

Miller did lose one assistant coach to Brad Stevens.

The new head coach of the Boston Celtics, hired stats analytics manager Drew Cannon today.

Stevens put an emphasis on advanced statistical analysis and Cannon was the "guru" on the staff. He received rave reviews throughout the year around Butler for his work and had been hired by Stevens as a full-time analyst.

Miller will now look to hire an assistant to fill out his staff.

We have heard that Miller may be looking to complete his staff with someone that has connections to the East Coast or Big East and a good recruiter. With the Bulldogs moving into the Big East this season, that would pay dividends both on the court, as well as on the recruiting trail.

Butler already had success in the Northeast in 2013 by signing Rene Castro and Andrew Chrabascz.

With no commitments in the Class of 2014 or 2015, Butler will look to make a hire rather quickly and get out into the crucial July recruiting period.


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