In a landmark appointment for the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have employed College of California, Berkeley girls’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb to be an assistant coach on John Beilein’s workers, it was introduced Wednesday.
Gottlieb — a Ultimate 4 and seven-time NCAA event head coach for the Golden Bears — is the primary girls’s collegiate head coach recruited to an NBA workers.
Sources mentioned Gottlieb, 41, will signal a four-year contract and is anticipated to play a outstanding function in assist of Beilein and affiliate head coach JB Bickerstaff. Commissioner Adam Silver has been decided for the league to welcome extra girls’s coaches into its ranks, and Gottlieb’s stature and training credentials are unprecedented amongst girls’s coaches within the NBA.
“I’m very grateful, proud and excited to be becoming a member of the Cavaliers as an assistant coach,” Gottlieb mentioned in a press release issued by the crew. “After assembly with [GM] Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew this was a company I needed to be part of and a crew I needed to dedicate myself to. Whereas this transfer supplied a singular and particular likelihood to maneuver instantly from Cal Berkeley and girls’s school basketball to the NBA, it was actually about being a part of constructing and rising one thing particular and including worth to a crew and group that’s targeted on doing issues in a method that I imagine strongly in.
“The imaginative and prescient for the Cavs’ future is compelling and I sit up for serving to make it a actuality. On the identical time, on a private degree, I’m honored to hopefully influence younger women and girls to be empowered to pursue their very own visions and to be impressed to show them into actuality as properly.”
Altman had been taken with pursuing a high-level girls’s school coach as a part of the crew’s new workers. He recognized and introduced the thought to Beilein, sources mentioned.
“The extra we researched and acquired to know Lindsay, the extra we got here to grasp that she can be an impactful a part of the place we wish to go as a crew,” Altman mentioned in a press release. “Coach Gottlieb brings a depth of basketball information, management, perspective and strategy to her craft that may match very properly with our crew and workers alike. We’re lucky that she was keen to go away her function as head coach at such a stable and profitable program at Cal.”
As soon as Beilein met Gottlieb and mentioned the ways in which she may influence an NBA teaching workers and setting, Beilein turned decided to recruit her to Cleveland, sources mentioned. Cleveland reached a cope with Gottlieb and agent Bret Simply of CAA late Tuesday night time, sources mentioned.
“I’m excited to have a coach with Lindsay’s expertise as part of the brand new teaching workers with the Cavaliers,” Beilein mentioned in a press release. “Lindsay really values and embraces participant improvement and a tradition of profitable basketball habits. Her success at Cal Berkeley speaks for itself and her perception in our conferences, practices and video games will maintain great worth.
“After sitting together with her, it was straightforward to see how she’s going to join rapidly with our workers and our gamers, and all of us profit due to that connection. I am wanting ahead to merging all of her years of expertise and imaginative and prescient for the sport with our present and future teaching workers.”
Gottlieb superior to seven NCAA tournaments in her eight seasons at Cal, together with a visit to the 2013 Ultimate 4. She constructed a 179-89 (.668) file and coached a number of future WNBA gamers. Previous to Cal, Gottlieb had a 56-39 file, together with an NCAA bid, in three seasons as coach of College of California, Santa Barbara. She additionally has coached with nationwide groups for USA Basketball.
Gottlieb is believed to be the eighth lady to share both an assistant teaching or participant improvement function for an NBA crew, however she joins the Cavaliers from probably the most outstanding teaching perch of any of her predecessors — a Energy 5 school program with constant High 25 presence and a school wage believed to be the $700,000-plus vary.
She is anticipated to have a degree of workers prominence akin to solely two feminine teaching friends within the NBA: San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman.
Gottlieb has lengthy had an intrigue with the NBA. She has been an everyday customer to Golden State Warriors practices as a visitor of GM Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr, and beforehand hung out at a LA Clippers coaching camp.
“I additionally wish to thank Cal for what has been a tremendous job, and actually my dwelling and household, for the higher a part of 15 years,” Gottlieb mentioned. “It is vitally troublesome to say goodbye. The college management, the athletic division, my fellow coaches, workers and, most of all, our gamers have been great and provoking to work with. This system is in nice form and I’ve little question it should proceed to have a excessive degree of success.”