Cavaliers hire UC Berkeley’s Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

Cavaliers hire UC Berkeley’s Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

Cavaliers hire UC Berkeley’s Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

Lindsay Gottlieb is leaving California after eight seasons to join John Beilein's staff in Cleveland and become the seventh female assistant in the National Basketball Association. She was Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2012 while leading Cal to their first Final Four appearance and first Pac-12 championship.

The Cavaliers hired Beilein last month following his 12-year stint at MI, where he was the school's winningest coach.

"Lindsay truly values and embraces player development and a culture of winning basketball habits", Beilein said. "After meeting with Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and a team I wanted to dedicate myself to", said Gottlieb. "I'm looking forward to merging all of her years of experience and vision for the game with our current and future coaching staff".

"The vision for the Cavs' future is compelling and I look forward to helping make it a reality", Gottlieb said in a press release.

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Gottlieb will join newly appointed Cavs head coach John Beilein's staff weeks after it was revealed that Beilein himself was being drawn away from his own established college program at MI. The Scarsdale, N.Y., native played collegiately at Brown University, where she graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Kerr said that he is very thrilled with the Cavs' move, saying that Gottlieb deserves the job. She was the head coach for the women's team at University of California at Santa Barbara, before joining UC-Berkeley. A big move for the Cavaliers, who got a great coach, and an even bigger one for the push towards equality in sports.

Altman had been interested in pursuing a high-level women's college coach as part of the team's new staff. "It's great to see and I'm really happy for Swin and for Lindsay, of course, and hopefully there'll be many more".

She is expected to have a level of prominence comparable to only two female coaches in the NBA - San Antonio's Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman.

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