Lindsay Gottlieb, a former associate head coach of the California women's basketball team, returned to Berkeley as the ninth head coach in program history, taking over for the 2011-12 season.
In her first season at the helm, Gottlieb has taken the Bears back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, with her Bears advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb is the first coach in Cal program history to win 20 games in her first season at the helm. The previous best first-year was a 18-12 season by Marci Cantrell in 1977-78 and Joanne Boyle's 18-12 record in her first season (2005-06).
Gottlieb also led the Bears to a second place Pac-12 finish, just the third time since joining the Pac-10 in its inaugural season (1985-86) that the Bears have finished in second place and it is only the second time that Cal has finished with sole possession of second.
Before returning to Cal, Gottlieb spent three seasons as the Head Coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In her three seasons with UCSB, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to two postseason berths and a pair of Big West Conference championships, amassing a 56-39 (.589) record. Previously, she spent two seasons as a Cal assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2007-08.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to their second Big West title in her three seasons at the helm, amassing a 19-12 record (12-4 in the Big West) before falling in the first round of the WNIT to USC. Gottlieb's first team in 2008-09 amassed a 22-10 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Big West, claiming the conference's regular-season and tournament crowns to earn an NCAA Tournament appearance. As a result, she was named the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year. Gottlieb was the first-ever coach at UCSB to win 20 games in her first season and became one of only seven active coaches nationwide to win 20 games in her first year and also be named Coach of the Year.
Other accolades for Gottlieb include becoming the first coach in UCSB history to win her first 11 conference games and the first coach in school annals to finish her inaugural season with a winning record.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 18th consecutive winning season and the team won at least 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. The Gauchos led the Big West in both field goal percentage (43.2 percent) and field goal percentage defense (35.4 percent) as well as being tops in the conference in rebounding (40.2 per game).
Under her tutelage, UCSB ranked in the nation's top 10 in field goal percentage defense and the top 20 in points allowed per game while setting a school record in free throw percentage in the 2008-09 season.
Gottlieb becomes the ninth head coach for the California Golden Bears women's basketball program, replacing Joanne Boyle, who resigned her position to take over the head coaching duties at the University of Virginia.
Gottlieb initially joined the Cal staff as an assistant coach in 2005-06, a position she held for two seasons before being elevated to associate head coach in 2007-08. During her time in Berkeley, she worked with all aspects of the program, including recruiting and scouting, and served as the team's academic liaison.
Gottlieb was integral to the development of Cal's post players, including Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, and Ashley Walker, an All-American and Cal's first player to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.
In Gottlieb's inaugural year in Berkeley, Cal posted its first winning record (18-12) in 13 years and received its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. In 2006-07, Gottlieb helped Cal register a 23-9 mark - one win shy of equaling the school's win record - and earn another bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cal's 2007-08 squad made the program's first-ever appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Richmond under Boyle before the two came to Cal. The Spiders posted 20-plus wins each year and advanced to the postseason three times. In 2004-05, Richmond finished with a 23-8 record and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. The Spiders were invited to the 2003 and 2004 WNIT.
Prior to Gottlieb's stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02 under head coach Sue Johnson.
Before joining the New Hampshire staff, Gottlieb was an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse with Marianna Freeman at the helm. In addition to her coaching duties for the Big East program, Gottlieb was the assistant director of the school's girls' basketball camp. While at Syracuse, she earned her Master's degree in Philosophy of Education.
Gottlieb obtained additional coaching expertise with the Westchester Basketball Association AAU program and Kutsher's Sports Academy.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science and was a member of the women's basketball team. Gottlieb was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999.
College Coaching Experience
1999-01 Assistant Coach Syracuse 2001-02 Assistant Coach New Hampshire 2002-05 Assistant Coach Richmond 2005-07 Assistant Coach California 2007-08 Associate Head Coach California 2008-11 Head Coach UC Santa Barbara 2008-11 Head Coach California
Head Coaching Year-by-Year
2008-09 UC Santa Barbara 22-10, 15-1 Big West (1st) 2009-10 UC Santa Barbara 15-17, 9-7 Big West (5th) 2010-11 UC Santa Barbara 19-12, 12-4 Big West (1st) 2011-12 California 25-10, 13-5 Pac-12 (2nd)