Cavaliers’ female assistant coach leaving Cleveland to return to the college ranks


Cavaliers' Assistant Coach Lindsay Gottlieb is leaving Cleveland to return to the college ranks as the head coach at USC.

Cavaliers hire women's collegiate head coach to NBA staff

Cavaliers hire women’s collegiate head coach to NBA staff

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Cavaliers’ Assistant Coach Lindsay Gottlieb is leaving Cleveland to return to the college ranks as the head coach at USC.

The 43-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Cavs, after serving as head coach at California from 2012-2019.

“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.”

Lindsay Gottlieb

“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. 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.”

Cleveland General Manager Koby Altman

In eight seasons as the Bears’ head coach, Gottlieb posted a record of 179-89 with seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including their first trip to the Final Four in 2013.

Gottlieb is expected to remain with the Cavaliers through the final four games of the regular season.

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