CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - In a landmark hiring, the Cleveland Cavaliers have brought aboard University of California-Berkeley women’s head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
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.
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.