The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world when they landed former Michigan head coach John Beilein as the team’s new head coach.
Beilein was thought to be a college lifer, but decided to leave the collegiate ranks for the challenge of coaching in the NBA.
In the weeks since his arrival, Beilein has been rounding out his coaching staff.
On Wednesday morning, he made a significant hire that the NBA and college basketball world’s loved.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers hired University of California-Berkeley women’s head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant.
In a landmark appointment for the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring University of California-Berkeley women’s head coach Lindsay Gottlieb to be an assistant coach on John Beilein’s staff, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2019
Wojnarowski revealed Gottlieb, 41, signed a four-year contract and “is expected to play a prominent role in support of Beilein and associate head coach JB Bickerstaff.
Gottlieb led Cal to seven NCAA tournament appearances in her eight seasons as the team’s head coach. She racked up a 179-78 record and several of her players went on to play in the professional ranks.
Gottlieb had a 56-39 record, including an NCAA bid, in three seasons as coach of University of California-Santa Barbara.
According to Woj, she is expected to have a “level of staff prominence comparable to” San Antonio assistant Becky Hammond and Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman.