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Lindsay Gottlieb

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Fast Facts
(updated Sept. 1, 2018)

  • 159-76 (77-49 Pac-12) record at Cal; 215-115 overall record as a head coach
  • 2012-13 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist
  • Selected by the media as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2012-13
  • Helped Cal to its first Pac-12 Regular-Season Championship (2012-13)
  • Took Cal to the program's first-ever Elite Eight and Final Four (2012-13)
  • Most wins in a six-year period of any Golden Bear women's basketball coach
  • Coached five players to nine All-America seasons: Kristine Anigwe (2016, 2017, 2018), Brittany Boyd (2015, 2014); Reshanda Gray (2015); Layshia Clarendon (2013, 2012); Gennifer Brandon (2013)
  • Five WNBA Draft selections since 2012-13

Many coaches struggle to find the right balance between success on the court and success in the classroom while empowering student-athletes to enjoy their experiences and letting their individual personalities shine.  In eight years as the head coach at California, Lindsay Gottlieb has shown the ability to find that perfect balance in Berkeley and has taken the program to unprecedented heights since being hired on April 25, 2011.

Since Gottlieb earned her first head coaching job in 2008-09, only 14 coaches have taken their team to an NCAA Final Four appearance, with Gottlieb becoming the eighth coach on that list after leading her 2012-13 California squad to a 32-4 record that included the program’s first Pac-12 regular season championship as well as the first Elite Eight and Final Four bids in 40 years of California women’s basketball. Doing so in her second season in Berkeley, Gottlieb became just the seventh coach since 1990 to coach her team to the Final Four in her first two seasons at the helm of a program. The Bears followed the success of the historical 2012-13 season with an NCAA Tournament bid in four of the next five seasons.

Gottlieb enters the 2018-19 campaign – her eighth in Berkeley and 11th overall as a Division I head coach – with an overall record of 215-115, including a mark of 159-76 in her seven seasons at Cal. Gottlieb’s 159 wins are the second-most by any head coach in Cal women’s basketball history.

Gottlieb’s most recent season saw the Golden Bears continue to establish themselves as a contender, both on the conference and national level. For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Cal women’s basketball team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, receiving a seven seed to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Cal opened the year with a challenging non-conference slate that featured matchups against top-ranked Connecticut and SEC-powers Missouri and Kentucky. The Bears went on to record their most successful conference campaign in three seasons, posting an 11-7 record in Pac-12 play to earn a five seed in the conference tournament. Cal capped off its home slate in thrilling fashion, upsetting 14th-ranked Stanford, 78-66, in a senior day sendoff for Mikayla Cowling and Penina Davidson. The Bears were led by junior forward Kristine Anigwe, who earned All-Pac-12 and All-America honors for the third consecutive season and led the team in both scoring and rebounding. Cal ended the season with an overall record of 21-11, its sixth 20-win season under Gottlieb.

The 2016-17 season saw the Bears re-write the Cal record books. The Bears started the season 13-0, including an undefeated non-conference campaign, setting the mark for the best start to a season in program history. Sophomore center Kristine Anigwe, an All-Pac-12 and All-America selection for the second consecutive season, set the school single-game scoring record on December 8, scoring 50 points in just 24 minutes of action against Sacramento State. Angiwe’s 50 points marked the most by any player – male or female – in a single game in school history. The Bears registered key upsets over No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 13 UCLA, and earned an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Cal’s fifth tournament appearance in six seasons under Gottlieb. The nine-seed in the Waco Regional, the Golden Bears upset eight-seed LSU in the First Round, before falling to top-seeded Baylor on the Lady Bears’ home court. Cal ended the season with an overall record of 20-14, Gottlieb’s fifth 20-win season at Cal.

In 2015-16, a youthful Bears squad posted a 15-17 record, highlighted by a magical run to the semifinals of the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament. Kristine Anigwe was the near-consensus National Freshman of the Year, earning USBWA and CollegeSportsMadness.com honors, while also being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

The 2014-15 Bears logged another 20-win campaign after finishing at 24-10 overall and 13-5 in Pac-12 play. Cal tied for third in the Pac-12, reached the championship game of the conference tournament, and earned a second-round berth in the NCAA Tournament. The season also saw Gottlieb notch her 100th Cal win, becoming the quickest coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark. She also became the third active Pac-12 coach with at least 100 wins at his or her respective institution. Following Cal’s 2014-15 NCAA Tournament run, seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray became the first Golden Bear duo to be selected in the same year of the WNBA Draft, with Boyd going No. 9 to the New York Liberty and Gray selected by the Minnesota Lynx at No. 16.

In her third season in Berkeley, 2013-14, Gottlieb guided Cal to a 22-10 record and a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth after finishing as the conference runner-up. With another 20-win season under her belt, Gottlieb became the winningest Cal women’s basketball coach over a three-year period, notching a 79-24 record.
The 2012-13 season was a record-breaking season for the Golden Bears that culminated in Gottlieb being named a finalist for the prestigious Naismith National Coach of the Year award in addition to the media selecting Gottlieb as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after she led her team to a 17-1 conference record.

Earning praise for her ability to gameplan and make in-game adjustments, 2012-13 also marked the year that Gottlieb became just the fifth coach to win a Pac-12 title in her first two seasons as a head coach in the conference. She was the first active coach in the conference to lead her team to a road victory at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, a feat she accomplished with a 67-55 victory on January 13, 2013 that ended the Cardinal’s 81-game winning streak against conference foes and announced California’s ascension into the conference and national championship discussions.

Gottlieb’s Bears reeled off a program-record 16 consecutive wins to end the regular season and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In a run that surpassed the combined NCAA Tournament win total of all previous California head coaches, Gottlieb led her team to victories over Fresno State, South Florida, LSU and Georgia to reach the 2013 Final Four.

Leading teams to success in the postseason isn’t her only specialty though. In her five seasons at California, Gottlieb amassed a 118-51 record – more California-bests by setting new marks for most wins in a two-year, three-year, and four-year period in Berkeley. Already the first coach to win 20 games in her first season with the Bears, her program-record 32 wins in the 2012-13 marked just the 12th time in conference history that a team surpassed the 30-win barrier.

Utilizing an up-tempo, attractive brand of basketball, Gottlieb’s approach has helped revitalize West Coast women’s basketball. In total at California, Gottlieb has five coached players to seven All-America seasons in five years with Layshia  Clarendon earning honors in 2012 and 2013, Gennifer Brandon in 2013, Boyd in 2014 and 2015, Gray in 2015, and Anigwe in 2016.

In her first season at the helm in Berkeley in 2011-12, Gottlieb took Cal back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with her Bears advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb also led the Bears to a second place Pac-12 finish in her inaugural season, just the third time since joining the Pac-10 in its inaugural season (1985-86) that the Bears finished in second place and it was only the second time that Cal has finished with sole possession of second.
Before returning to Cal where she spent three years as an assistant to Joanne Boyle, Gottlieb spent three seasons as the head coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 2008-11. In her three seasons with UCSB, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to two postseason berths and a pair of Big West Conference championships, amassing a 56-39 (.589) record. Previously, she spent two seasons as a Cal assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2007-08.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to their second Big West title in her three seasons at the helm, amassing a 19-12 record (12-4 in the Big West) before falling in the first round of the WNIT to USC. Gottlieb’s first team in 2008-09 amassed a 22-10 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Big West, claiming the conference’s regular-season and tournament crowns to earn an NCAA Tournament appearance. As a result, she was named the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year. Gottlieb was the first-ever coach at UCSB to win 20 games in her first season and became one of only seven active coaches nationwide to win 20 games in her first year and also be named Coach of the Year.
Other accolades for Gottlieb included becoming the first coach in UCSB history to win her first 11 conference games and the first coach in school annals to finish her inaugural season with a winning record.
In 2010-11, Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 18th consecutive winning season and the team won at least 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. The Gauchos led the Big West in both field goal percentage (43.2 percent) and field goal percentage defense (35.4 percent) as well as being tops in the conference in rebounding (40.2 per game).
Under her tutelage, UCSB ranked in the nation’s top 10 in field goal percentage defense and the top 20 in points allowed per game while setting a school record in free throw percentage in the 2008-09 season.
Following her time at UCSB, Gottlieb became the ninth head coach for the California Golden Bears women’s basketball program by replacing Boyle, who resigned her position to take over the head coaching duties at the University of Virginia.
Gottlieb initially joined the Cal staff as an assistant coach in 2005-06, a position she held for two seasons before being elevated to associate head coach in 2007-08. During her time in Berkeley, she worked with all aspects of the program, including recruiting and scouting, and served as the team’s academic liaison.
Gottlieb was integral to the development of Cal’s post players, including Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, and Ashley Walker, an All-American and Cal’s first player to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.
In Gottlieb’s inaugural year as an assistant in Berkeley, Cal posted its first winning record (18-12) in 13 years and received its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. In 2006-07, Gottlieb helped Cal register a 23-9 mark - one win shy of equaling the school’s win record at the time - and earn another bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cal’s 2007-08 squad made the program’s first-ever appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gottlieb spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Richmond under Boyle before the two came to Cal. The Spiders posted 20-plus wins each year and advanced to the postseason three times. In 2004-05, Richmond finished with a 23-8 record and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. The Spiders were invited to the 2003 and 2004 WNIT.
Prior to Gottlieb’s stint at Richmond, she served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02 under head coach Sue Johnson.
Before joining the New Hampshire staff, Gottlieb was an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse with Marianna Freeman at the helm. In addition to her coaching duties for the Big East program, Gottlieb was the assistant director of the school’s girls’ basketball camp. While at Syracuse, she earned her Master’s degree in Philosophy of Education.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and was a member of the women’s basketball team. Gottlieb was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999.

Gottlieb and her husband Patrick, live in Oakland and have one son, Jordan.

Collegiate Coaching Career
Season(s) School Position
1999-01 Syracuse Assistant Coach
2001-02 New Hampshire Assistant Coach
2002-05 Richmond Assistant Coach
2005-07 California Assistant Coach
2007-08 California Associate Head Coach
2008-11 UC Santa Barbara Head Coach
2011-pres. California Head Coach

Head Coaching Year-By-Year Record
Season School Overall Conference (Finish) Postseason
2008-09 UC Santa Barbara 22-10 15-1 (1st, Big West) NCAA First Round
2009-10 UC Santa Barbara 15-17 9-7 (5th, Big West) -
2010-11 UC Santa Barbara 19-12 12-4 (1st, Big West) WNIT First Round
2011-12 California 25-10 13-5 (2nd, Pac-12) NCAA Second Round
2012-13 California 32-4 17-1 (1st, Pac-12) NCAA Final Four
2013-14 California 22-10 13-5 (2nd, Pac-12) NCAA Second Round
2014-15 California 24-10 13-5 (3rd, Pac-12) NCAA Second Round
2015-16 California 15-17 4-14 (10th, Pac-12) -
2016-17 California 20-14 6-12 (7th, Pac-12) NCAA Second Round
2017-18 California 21-11 11-7 (5th, Pac-12) NCAA First Round