Cal's Lindsay Gottlieb Promoted to Associate Head Coach
June 25, 2007
BERKELEY - California assistant women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb has been promoted to associate head coach, Golden Bear head coach Joanne Boyle announced on Wednesday. Gottlieb has been an integral part of the success of the Cal program over the last two seasons, helping the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
'Lindsay's been my right-hand person for five years,' Boyle said. 'She was my first hire when I became a head coach and she's been with me every step of the way in building two programs. I lean on her for a lot - everything from x-and-o situations to day-to-day contact with kids to recruiting. It's nice to have someone by my side that is so loyal and trustworthy. She understands what I am thinking and we feed off each other. She is going to be a great head coach someday and I want people to understand that she has been a mainstay in building these programs. She has been a huge catalyst in helping us reach this success at Cal and she deserves to be recognized for everything she does.'
Last season, the Golden Bears posted a 23-9 overall record, one win shy of matching the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the most wins in school history. Before 2006-07, Cal hadn't posted a 20-win season in 15 years. Cal also matched the 1991-92 Bears for the program's best Pac-10 record (12-6) while ranking third for the best Pac-10 finish in school history. Cal earned a national ranking almost every week, including a school-record No. 15 ranking by the Associated Press for two weeks.
'I am thrilled to be a part of the Cal women's basketball staff,' Gottlieb said. 'It's such an honor to be named associate head coach. Joanne Boyle puts her heart and soul into this program, and I could not ask for a better mentor in this profession. We have such an unbelievable staff in place, as well as a remarkable group of student-athletes that have become my family here on the West Coast. To be a part of Cal Basketball right now, as we continue this amazing journey, is something that makes me really proud.'
Gottlieb assists with all aspects of Cal's program, including recruiting and scouting, and serves as the team's academic liaison. She has been integral to the development of Cal's post players, including Devanei Hampton, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2006-07, as well as Ashley Walker, a firs-team All-Pac-10 honoree last season.
After spending three seasons as an assistant under Boyle at Richmond, Gottlieb followed the head coach to Berkeley for the 2005-06 season. That year, the Golden Bears posted an 18-12 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign.
During her tenure at Richmond, the Spiders posted 20-plus wins each year and advanced to the postseason three times. In 2004-05, Richmond finished with a 23-8 record and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. The Spiders were invited to the 2003 and 2004 WNIT.
Prior to Gottlieb's stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02. Before joining the New Hampshire staff, Gottlieb was an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science after playing four years of basketball. Gottlieb was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999. She earned her master's degree in philosophy of education from Syracuse. Gottlieb obtained additional coaching expertise with the Westchester Basketball Association AAU program and Kutsher's Sports Academy.