May 15, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Lindsay Gottlieb, who has served on Cal's coaching staff for the last three seasons, has accepted the head coaching job of the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program, Bears head coach Joanne Boyle announced Thursday. Gottlieb will formally be introduced as the Gauchos' new women's basketball coach at an 11 a.m. press conference on Friday at UC Santa Barbara.
Gottlieb takes over for Mark French, who announced his retirement April 3 after 21 seasons as UC Santa Barbara's head women's basketball coach.
"Lindsay has been my right-hand person for the last six seasons," said Boyle, the 2007-08 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year. "She has played a significant role in helping me build two programs and has contributed to Cal's rise as a national women's basketball power. We will all miss her greatly, but we have known for a long time that she had a bright future ahead of her as a head coach. I'm confident that she will continue UC Santa Barbara's tradition of success."
Gottlieb, who was a member of Boyle's coaching staff at Richmond and Cal for a combined six years, recently completed her third season in Berkeley and first as the Bears' associate head coach. During her time at Cal, the Bears posted a combined 68-28 record (.708) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times. In 2007-08, Cal set a school record for wins in a season (27-7) and advanced to the second round of NCAAs for the first time in 15 years.
Gottlieb worked with all aspects of the Cal program, including recruiting and scouting, and served as the team's academic liaison. She was integral to the development of Cal's post players, including Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and Ashley Walker, a two-time All-Pac-10 choice. Both athletes have earned several All-America accolades.
During Gottlieb's three seasons as an assistant coach at Richmond, the Spiders posted 20-plus wins each year and advanced to the postseason three times.
Prior to Gottlieb's stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02. Before joining the New Hampshire staff, Gottlieb was an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse. While at Syracuse, she earned her master's degree in philosophy of education.
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.