April 27, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Lindsay Gottlieb, Kim Hairston and Dean Mendes have been named assistant women's basketball coaches at the University of California, new Golden Bear head coach Joanne Boyle announced Wednesday. Gottlieb and Hairston were on Boyle's staff at the University of Richmond, while Mendes arrived in Berkeley from the University of Vermont.
"All of my assistants aspire to be head coaches," said Boyle, who was announced as head coach at Cal April 15. "We will rotate responsibilities so that they gain experience with all facets of the program. Recruiting and scouting will be a joint effort."
Boyle indicated that for the 2005-06 season Gottlieb would work with Cal's post players and Hairston and Mendes would focus on the development of the Bears' backcourt.
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. In 2004-05, Richmond finished with a 23-8 record and earned the program's first NCAA berth in 14 years.
"Lindsay has been my right-hand person for the last three years," Boyle said. "She came in from the ground floor and helped me build Richmond into a national-caliber program. She's going to be a great head coach. She doesn't have a lot of weaknesses in any aspect of her spectrum of responsibilities. She does well at everything. She just needs more experience. This is a great fit for her to do exactly what she did at Richmond, just with a more high-profile program."
Prior to Gottlieb's stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire for the 2001-02 season, under head coach Sue Johnson. She worked in the same capacity at Syracuse University for two years. In addition to her coaching duties at Syracuse, she was the assistant director of the school's girls' basketball camp.
Gottlieb obtained additional coaching expertise with the Westchester Basketball Association AAU program and Kutscher's Sports Academy.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science after playing four years of basketball for the Ivy League school. Gottlieb was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999.
"We're all very excited to be here," Gottlieb said. "When you make the jump to the next level, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. The particular situation at Cal is a great fit for Joanne and for the rest of us. Between the academics, the vibrant atmosphere, the campus life and the talent in this area, we think this is one of the biggest gold mines in women's college basketball that hasn't gotten there yet. We're excited to be the ones to try and get it there."
Hairston, a former standout player at Richmond, elevated her alma mater to the national stage as an assistant coach for the Spiders last season.
Before joining Richmond's staff, Hairston spent two years as an assistant coach at James Madison University, where her primary duties included guard development, game strategy and recruiting. Before being hired at JMU, Hairston served as an assistant in 2001-02 at Howard University, helping the Bison to a first-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
"Kim came from James Madison where she was a recruiting coordinator," Boyle said. "She's great with recruiting, players and coaches. She is growing with her Xs and Os and her court ability. She's learning what I like on the court and is very good off the court."
In 2000, Hairston jumpstarted her collegiate coaching career with a one-year stay at James Madison. That season, the Dukes advanced to the semifinals of the 2001 WNIT.
Hairston starred at Richmond for two years (1998-00) after transferring from Radford University, where she was named the 1996 Big South Rookie of the Year. As a Spiders' co-captain her senior year, she was named to the 2000 Colonial Athletic Association All-Defensive team.
A product of Bassett, Va., Hairston received her bachelor's degree in sports science from Richmond in 2000.
"I'm definitely excited about the opportunity to be here at Cal and with the Pac-10, which is one of the most prestigious conferences in the country," Hairston said. "I look forward to being apart of the program now and the future that Joanne has for it. I experienced success with her briefly at Richmond, taking my alma mater to the highest level. She's a great person to learn from, and I knew this was something I needed to do for my career."
Mendes' arrival at Cal comes on the heels of his two seasons as an assistant coach at Vermont, under women's head coach Sharon Dawley. He was the recruiting coordinator for the Catamounts and assisted with all other aspects of the program.
"I haven't worked with Dean before," Boyle said. "He's known Lindsay and Kim for 10 years. He's a go-getter. He loves the AAU scene and is very organized in the office. I've heard great comments about him on the floor. He's done a lot of West Coast recruiting, which was attractive to me. Boston College, Brown and Vermont all recruit out here."
Prior to his time at Vermont, Mendes (pronounced men-DEES) served as an administrative assistant for the Boston College women's basketball program during the 2002-03 campaign. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 that season.
Mendes, who hails from Easton, Mass., served four years as an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Brown before his Boston College tenure.
In addition, Mendes developed his coaching abilities as an assistant women's basketball coach at Assumption College (1994-96) and at Worcester State College (1996-98).
He earned a bachelor's of arts in communications from Fordham in 1982. Mendes' daughter, Shardae Gonsalves, competes on the basketball and lacrosse teams at Skidmore College.
"I'm very excited to be at Cal, in the Pac-10 and to have a chance to be with a program that's on an upswing," Mendes said. "To work with a staff that I'm comfortable with is a big thing for me. That's the reason why I moved all the way across the country. It's because of Joanne, Lindsay and Kim and the school."