Gregg Gottlieb Named Assistant Basketball Coach
July 30, 2007
BERKELEY - Gregg Gottlieb, who has spent the past eight seasons on staff at San Diego State, has been named assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Golden Bear head coach Ben Braun announced Monday.
'Gregg brings a great deal of college basketball experience to Cal,' Braun said. 'He is a tireless worker with a tremendous passion for the game. Gregg is an outstanding recruiter who also excels in player development, and he will certainly fit in well with our current staff.'
Gottlieb began his tenure at San Diego State as director of basketball operations in October 1999, a position he held for three years before being elevated to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator prior to the 2002-03 season.
'I am elated for the opportunity to work with coach Braun and his staff,' Gottlieb said. 'Working at Cal has always been a dream of mine. I am very proud of our accomplishments at San Diego State. However, the chance to be with coach Braun and compete in the Pac-10 for a championship is something I couldn't pass up.'
Gottlieb started his coaching career as an assistant at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he was part of staff that helped turn the program around from a one-win season in 1994-95 to a 16-win campaign in 1995-96. In July 1997, Gottlieb moved to Cal State Sacramento, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He then joined the San Diego State staff in 1999 under head coach Steve Fisher.
While at SDSU, Gottlieb helped the Aztecs earn postseason berths four of the past six years. Last season, San Diego State finished 22-11 and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. In 2005-06, the Aztecs were 24-9 overall and 13-3 in the Mountain West Conference, capturing both the regular-season and tournament league titles, as well as an NCAA Tournament nod.
San Diego State also received an NCAA bid in 2002, when the Aztecs finished 21-12, and reached the NIT second round in 2004.
Among the players Gottlieb helped recruit to San Diego State are all-conference performers Marcus Slaughter, Brandon Heath and Jerome Habel. Each of SDSU's recruiting classes has been nationally ranked the past four seasons.
On the court, Gottlieb was a standout performer at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif., and was a two-year letterman at Drake University in Iowa. After his playing career, he returned to California and earned his bachelor's degree in history with a minor in business from UCLA in 1995. He later received an MBA from Cal Poly in 1997.
Gottlieb comes from an athletic family, as his father, Bob, is a former college coach who worked under Hall of Famer Jack Hartman at Kansas State and Eddie Sutton at Creighton. Bob Gottlieb was also head coach at Jacksonville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In addition, his brother, Doug, was a star guard at Oklahoma State and currently serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN.
On the Cal staff, Gottlieb replaces Joe Pasternack, who accepted the head coaching position at the University of New Orleans earlier this month.