In an important appointment for the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have engaged Lindsay Gottlieb of the University of California-Berkeley as assistant coach for John Beilein Announced Wednesday.
Gottlieb – a four and seven-time NCAA head coach for the Golden Bear Final ̵
Sources said Gottlieb, 41, signed a four-year contract and is expected to play a prominent role in supporting Beilein and associate head coach JB Bickerstaff. Commissioner Adam Silver is determined that the league will include more female coaches in their ranks, and Gottlieb's stature and coaching skills are unprecedented among women's coaches in the NBA.
"I'm very grateful, proud and excited to join the Cavaliers" as assistant coach, "said Gottlieb in a statement from the team." After meeting with [GM] Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew that this is an organization I want to belong to and a team I want to dedicate myself to. During this move, a unique and special opportunity to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women's college basketball to the NBA was really about being part of building and building something special and adding value to a team and organization that focus on doing things in a way that I firmly believe.
"The vision for the future of Cavs is compelling and I look forward to helping make it a reality, and at the same time, I personally feel honored to give young girls and women the opportunity to realize their own visions To inspire me to turn them into reality. "
Altman was interested in seeing a high-ranking woman "The more we researched Lindsay and got to know her, the better we realized that she would be an effective part of Beilein. " Where we want to go as a team, "Altman said in a statement. Trainer Gottlieb brings a deep knowledge of basketball, leadership, perspective and approach to their craft that fits both our team and our employees. We're glad she was ready to leave her role as head coach in such a solid and successful Cal program. "
When Beilein met Gottlieb and discussed how she could influence the staff and environment of an NBA coach, Beilein According to sources, Cleveland was determined to bring her to Cleveland, and later on Tuesday evening, he signed a deal with Gottlieb and Agent Bret Just of CAA Lindsay appreciates and welcomes player development and a culture of winning basketball habits, their success at Cal Berkeley speaks for themselves and their insight into our discussions, exercises and games will be of tremendous value.
Having sat with her, it was easy to see how she would quickly connect with our employees and our players, and we all benefit from this connection. I look forward to bringing all her years of experience and vision for the game together with our present and future coaches. "
Gottlieb has played seven NCAA tournaments in her eight seasons at Cal, including a trip to the Final Four 2013. She built a 179-89 (.668) record and coached several future WNBA players, ahead of Cal's Gottlieb in three seasons a 56-39 record, including an NCAA bid, as coach of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and has also coached national teams for US basketball.
Gottlieb is believed to be the eighth woman to either an assistant coach or player development role for an NBA team holds its predecessors – a Power 5 college program with consistent top 25 presence and a college salary of over $ 700,000.
It is expected that she has a status comparable to just two female NBA coaches: Becky Hammon of San Antonio and the former Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman.
Gottlieb had a long time an intrigue at the NBA. She was a regular guest of GM Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr at the Golden State Warriors. Previously, she spent some time in an LA Clippers training camp.
"I also want to thank Cal for what was amazing, profession and really my home and my family for almost 15 years," said Gottlieb. "It's very hard to say goodbye, the university management, the sports department, my coaches, the staff and especially our players have been wonderful and inspiring at work, the program is great and I have no doubt it will continue to be high Measure of success. "