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Cavs assistant Lindsay Gottlieb leaving for USC

Lindsay Gottlieb
Lindsay Gottlieb(Courtesy: Cleveland Cavaliers)
Published: May. 10, 2021 at 5:53 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cavs will miss the playoffs again this season, and now they’re losing one of their coaches.

Lindsay Gottlieb, 43, an assistant the past 2 seasons, is leaving to become head coach of the women’s team at USC.

Before joining the Cavs, Gottlieb was the head coach at California for 8 years (2012-19), making 7 trips to the NCAA Tournament and one women’s Final Four.

“Lindsay Gottlieb has been a tremendous asset to this organization since joining us two seasons ago, and I couldn’t be more excited for this incredible opportunity ahead of her at the University of Southern California,” Cavs GM Koby Altman said in a statement. “Lindsay brought an extensive coaching and culture-building background to Cleveland that fit seamlessly with the existing direction in place for this team. What really stands out about her time with the Cavaliers was how well she was able to communicate with our players, while demonstrating different perspectives on a daily basis that helped change the outlook of the game for many of our guys. We were fortunate that she was willing to leave her position at Cal to join us, and we are not surprised that she has remained a sought after Head Coach at the highest level of women’s college basketball. Lindsay will always be part of the Cavaliers family and we wish her, along with her husband Patrick and son Jordan, the very best as they embark on this new journey back in California and at USC.”

Gottlieb said in the same team-issued statement: “I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Coach with the Cavaliers for the last two years. This has truly been a basketball dream come true for me to work not only in the NBA, but hand-in-hand with this incredible coaching staff that has taught me so much. I’d especially like to thank Koby Altman and J.B. Bickerstaff for believing in me and providing an inclusive environment to enhance my coaching acumen. This is a very special group of players who have a tremendous amount of talent and work ethic, and it was an honor to work and develop relationships with them as well. The vision of this organization is what attracted me to Cleveland, and I look forward to seeing the continued development of this team and all that these guys can become in the future.”

“This was a very difficult decision and even tougher to say goodbye, but the opportunity at USC was something I could not let pass. What I see is a program steeped in tradition with a history of excellence and one of the nation’s strongest brands. I look forward to becoming part of that legacy and helping bring the Women of Troy back to national prominence.”

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