Cavaliers hire Cal women's HC Gottlieb as assistant coach

California coach Lindsay Gottlieb watches the team play Washington State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Pac-12 women's tournament Thursday

Historic move: Cleveland Cavaliers hiring University of California-Berkeley women's head coach Lindsay Gottlieb

The Cavaliers have hired former California coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant on John Beilein's staff.

Gottlieb has been the head coach of the Cal Bears since 2011, making seven NCAA Tournament appearances with the University of California, Berkley squad and two final fours. She also produced six of the program's eight WNBA draftees.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made some serious shockwaves with their surprise hire of John Beilein, stealing him away from a decade's worth of program-building at MI to lead their team into a new era.

In a statement, Beilein lauded Gottlieb's experience, and said she embraced "a culture of winning basketball habits". "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", said Gottlieb.

"The vision for the Cavs' future is compelling and I look forward to helping make it a reality", Gottlieb said in a press release. Gottlieb is one of the top coaches at the collegiate level, racking up a 235-128 record in 10 years of head coaching, including a 179-89 record as head coach at Cal. The Scarsdale, N.Y., native played collegiately at Brown University, where she graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

"I'm a transplanted Cal fan since I've had two kids there", Kerr said.

"Lindsay Gottlieb will be a great addition to Coach Beilein's and Coach Bickerstaff's group". Commissioner Adam Silver has been determined for the league to welcome more women's coaches into its ranks, and Gottlieb's stature and coaching credentials are unprecedented among women's coaches in the National Basketball Association. "It's great to see and I'm really happy for Swin and for Lindsay, of course, and hopefully there'll be many more".

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.

"I am very thankful, proud and excited to be joining the Cavaliers as an Assistant Coach".

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