BERKELEY – California women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb has announced that the basketball operations support staff has been filled with the hiring of Jill Culbertson and Brian Cuatt along with the promotion of Meagan Edwards.
Jill Culbertson has been hired as the Director of Basketball Operations after a successful career in various roles in the WNBA. Culbertson replaces Araceli Gil who returned to her hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif., to pursue other opportunities.
Culbertson, a 2008 graduate of Cal Poly, most recently spent two years as the Assistant General Manager of the New York Liberty from 2010-12 where she was responsible for the daily operations under the direction of head coach John Whisenant, including team logistics, travel, scheduling and managing of budgets.
The Sacramento native has also spent time in various capacities with the Sacramento Monarchs from 2001-09, finishing as the Manager of Basketball Operations from 2007-09.
“Running an organization at the highest level necessitates that we surround ourselves with the most talented and dedicated people and empower them to contribute to the overall success,” Gottlieb said. “That being said, I’m happy to welcome Jill Culbertson to the Cal women’s basketball family. Jill has extensive experience with the WNBA, and her responsibilities were great because of her wide range of capabilities. Our Director of Operations has a huge impact on the efficient, progressive and innovative manner in which we operate. I have no doubt Jill’s contributions will allow us to continue in our quest to be one of the nation’s most elite women’s basketball programs.”
Edwards, a 2008 graduate of the University of Florida where she served as a manager for the women’s basketball team, moves to the position of Assistant Director of Basketball Operations after spending the 2012-13 season as the Operations Intern at California. Edwards takes over the position vacated by Jessica Dolan’s move to become the Academic Specialist for Women’s Basketball. Cuatt, a 2012 graduate of UC Riverside, joins the Golden Bears this season as the Operations Intern.