(IVY LEAGUE COMMUNICATIONS) — From her playing days at Brown to her success at the helm of the Cal women’s basketball program, Lindsay Gottlieb continues to make history. The former Bears standout was named assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first-ever women’s collegiate head coach to join an NBA staff.
Gottlieb is the eighth woman to share either an assistant coaching or player development role in the NBA, a list that currently includes Natalie Nakase (Clippers), Becky Hammon (Spurs), Jenny Boucek (Mavericks), Kristi Toliver (Wizards) and Chasity Melvin (Hornets).
Cleveland General Manager Koby Altman – a former assistant men’s basketball coach at Columbia – and Cavs Head Coach John Beilein announced the hiring of Gottlieb, who spent the previous eight years as the head coach of the Cal Bears.
Gottlieb led Cal to a 179-89 record over her eight seasons, along with seven NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first-ever Elite Eight and Final Four run in 2013. She graduated from Brown in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science,
According to ESPN, Gottlieb has been a regular visitor to Golden State Warriors practices as a guest of general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr and previously spent time at an LA Clippers training camp.
Gottlieb could be coaching an Ivy next season, with Princeton’s Devin Cannady and Yale’s Miye Oni as well as Cornell’s Matt Morgan and the Tigers’ Myles Stephens all taking part in the pre-NBA Draft process. The NBA season continues on Thursday with game six of the NBA Finals, where former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin and the Toronto Raptors look to clinch their first-ever championship against the two-time defending Warriors.
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