Lindsay Gottlieb joins John Beilein's staff with Cavs in landmark hire

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

Gottlieb, the head coach of the University of California Berkeley women's basketball team, will be an assistant coach for the Cavs starting the 2019-2020 NBA season.

It's the first instance in league history that a collegiate women's head coach has been hired to an National Basketball Association coaching staff.

Gottlieb led the Golden Bears to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and their first trip to the Final Four (2013).

Gottlieb is the fourth hire of Cleveland Coach John Beilein, who was hired away from the University of MI in May. "After meeting with Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and a team I wanted to dedicate myself to", Gottlieb said. "At the same time, on a personal level, I am honoured to hopefully impact young girls and women to be empowered to pursue their own visions and to be inspired to turn them into reality as well".

Gottlieb will join newly appointed Cavs head coach John Beilein's staff weeks after it was revealed that Beilein himself was being drawn away from his own established college program at MI.

Kerr said that he is very thrilled with the Cavs' move, saying that Gottlieb deserves the job. A big move for the Cavaliers, who got a great coach, and an even bigger one for the push towards equality in sports.

The New Orleans Pelicans earlier this week named Swin Cash, a four-time WNBA all-star, the team's vice president of basketball operations and team development, and Kerr said the "incredible basketball" being played in the WNBA and women's game "is probably helping women to gain positions in the men's game".

Per an ESPN report, she is expected to hold a role similar in stature to Nancy Lieberman's with the Sacramento Kings and Becky Hammon's with the San Antonio Spurs. Prior to that, she coached three years at the University of California-Santa Barbara (56-39).

"I am excited to have a coach with Lindsay's experience as a part of the new coaching staff with the Cavaliers", Beilein said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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