BERKELEY – University of California head women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb has agreed to terms for a contract extension with the school that will take her through the 2017-18 season.
"I'm thrilled that we have come to an agreement on a contract extension for Lindsay," Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. "I personally want her to be a Bear for a very long time, and I know that I represent our student-athletes, administration and community in that sentiment. I have no doubt that we are at the beginning of what I anticipate will be a long and successful career at Cal for Lindsay."
Gottlieb, a 2013 Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist, has led the Golden Bears to a 57-14 record in her first two seasons in Berkeley. She was named the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year by the media after leading the Bears to a 32-4 overall and 17-1 conference record – both program bests in 39 years of California women’s basketball. She became just the fifth coach to win a Pac-12 title in her first two seasons as a head coach in the conference and led Cal to its first berth in the NCAA Final Four.
“Each and every day that I come to work, I am honored to be the Head Women's Basketball Coach at the top public institution in the world,” Gottlieb said. “I get to coach tremendous young women and work with smart, passionate, committed people, both on my staff and in our athletic department. I am thrilled to sign this extension with the University of California, and I am beyond grateful for the belief in me demonstrated by Sandy Barbour and Chancellor Dirks. The leadership on the Cal campus and in our athletics department is second to none, and I'm proud of the true investment made to our women's basketball program.”
The Bears have succeeded both on and off the court in Gottlieb’s first two seasons as head coach. She coached Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon to All-America honors, brought in a top 25 recruiting class and saw Clarendon get drafted by the Indiana Fever with the No. 7 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“This is an exciting time for our community and fans of Golden Bear Basketball,” Gottlieb said. “We have built something special in Berkeley, and the staff and team are hard at work to make sure this is only the beginning. Go Bears!”