The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a historic change to their coaching roster as they add their first female assistant coach!
Lindsay Gottlieb, now the former head coach at University of California Berkeley has officially become the new assistatnt coach of the Cleveland Cavs.
The decision makes Gottlieb not only the cavs first female coach, but the first women’s college head coach to be recruited to an NBA team’s staff. She is ow expected to sign a four year contract.
“I am very thankful, proud and excited to be joining the Cavaliers as an assistant coach,” Gottlieb said in a statement issued by the team. “After meeting with [GM] 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. While this move provided a unique and special chance to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women’s college basketball to the NBA, it was really about being part of building and growing something special and adding value to a team and organization that is focused on doing things in a way that I believe strongly in.
Gottlieb who lead her team to a 179-89 (.668) record with her first NCAA tournamnt apperance in 2013 has managed to have a personal record of 235-128.
“The more we researched and got to know Lindsay, the more we came to understand that she would be an impactful part of where we want to go as a team,” GM Koby Altman said in a statement. “Coach Gottlieb brings a depth of basketball knowledge, leadership, perspective and approach to her craft that will fit very well with our team and staff alike. We’re fortunate that she was willing to leave her role as head coach at such a solid and successful program at Cal.”
Gottlieb is the latest woman to be part of an NBA staff, joining Lindsey Harding (Philadelphia 76ers), Kristi Toliver (Washington Wizards), Jenny Boucek (Dallas Mavericks), Natalie Nakase (Clippers), Becky Hammon (San Antonio Spurs) and Karen Stack Umlauf (Chicago Bulls).
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 12, 2019