Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach John Beilein bring on college coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant

California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and the bench watch the final minutes of their...
California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and the bench watch the final minutes of their second-round game against Baylor in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Waco, Texas, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(Tony Gutierrez | AP)
Updated: Jun. 12, 2019 at 1:08 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - In a landmark hiring, the Cleveland Cavaliers have brought aboard University of California-Berkeley women’s head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

“I am excited to have a coach with Lindsay’s experience as a part of the new coaching staff with the Cavaliers. Lindsay truly values and embraces player development and a culture of winning basketball habits. Her success at Cal Berkeley speaks for itself and her insight in our meetings, practices and games will hold tremendous value. After sitting with her, it was easy to see how she will connect quickly with our staff and our players, and we all benefit because of that connection. I’m looking forward to merging all of her years of experience and vision for the game with our current and future coaching staff.”

Cavaliers head coach John Beilein

Gottlieb is the first women’s collegiate head coach to be recruited to an NBA coaching staff, according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 41-year-old is expected to sign a four-year deal and would play a support role alongside newly-hired associate head coach JB Bickerstaff under Beilein.

“Lindsay Gottlieb will be a great addition to Coach Beilein’s and Coach Bickerstaff’s group. She has an extensive track record of success and growth with her teams and players and has also been a strong culture-driver as a core part of that. The more we researched and got to know Lindsay, the more we came to understand that she would be an impactful part of where we want to go as a team. Coach Gottlieb brings a depth of basketball knowledge, leadership, perspective and approach to her craft that will fit very well with our team and staff alike. We’re fortunate that she was willing to leave her role as Head Coach at such a solid and successful program at Cal.”

Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman

Since being hired in April 2011, Gottlieb led Cal to a combined 179-89 overall record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

Gottlieb released a statement after her hiring was announced:

Only two other women have held assistant coaching positions in the NBA: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman. Neither Hammon nor Lieberman have ever served in a head coaching capacity collegiately.

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