Gottlieb named head basketball coach

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Lindsay Gottlieb has been named head coach of the Cal women's basketball team, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced today.

Gottlieb, an assistant at Cal from 2005-08, will replace former head coach Joanne Boyle, who left unexpectedly earlier in the month to take the head coaching job at Virginia.

"She's exactly what we were looking for and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to attract a coach of her caliber," Barbour said. "Coach Gottlieb is an exceedingly smart, talented and dedicated coach who is a gifted teacher, mentor and recruiter."

Gottlieb had been the head coach at UC Santa Barbara for the last three seasons, compiling a 56-39 record. She guided the Gauchos to two Big West Conference championships. In 2009, the squad made the NCAA tournament and Gottlieb was named Big West Coach of the Year.

Prior to UCSB, Gottlieb was an assistant under Boyle, serving as associate head coach during her third and final season in 2007-2008.

"I am both excited and humbled to return to Cal as the head women's basketball coach," Gottlieb said. "When I set foot on campus six years ago, I felt Cal could be a gem in the women's basketball landscape. Now I know that to be true."

As an assistant, Gottlieb was instrumental in scouting and recruiting, and was the squad's academic liaison. She helped develop the Bears' post players, including 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton All-Pac-10 honoree Ashley Walker.

Gottlieb's hiring comes at a difficult time for the program. Cal is coming off an 18-16 season which ended in the second round of the WNIT. Despite winning the WNIT title in 2010, the Bears struggled in conference play, losing six consecutive games in February to finish below .500 (7-11) in the Pac-10.

Nearly a month ago, leading scorer DeNesha Stallworth announced her intention to transfer.

"I have no doubt that under (Gottlieb's) leadership the University of California women's basketball program will build on the foundation she inherits, and take the program to new heights athletically, academically and in the community," Barbour said. "We welcome her back to Cal and are looking forward to an exciting new era under her strong and determined leadership."

Tags: CAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, JOANNE BOYLE, SANDY BARBOUR, LINDSAY GOTTLIEB


Jonathan Kuperberg covers women's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]



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