California Extends Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb

When it comes to women’s basketball, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb wants California to be in the conversation. Gottlieb has developed a competitive program in Berkley and she is sticking around to see it through for the long run. The California coach finalized a contract last week through the 2020-21 season and got three more years to her previous deal.

An extension is very meaningful, says Cal Coach Gottlieb

On Thursday, the sixth-year coach said, β€œYou look at women’s basketball and there are a handful of programs that are elite” She added that she wants to be one of those places where people associate California with women’s basketball. She further said that she really believes in what they are doing here.

The move was announced on Thursday by the school. The same day, the 39-year-old Cal coach was in attendance at Pac-12 media day. Gottlieb had spoken of developing a perennial NCAA Tournament contender from the moment she came back to Cal as head coach in April 2011. This move provides her program with benefits on the recruiting trail and stability going forward.

Gottlieb is 118-51 at Cal and in 2013, she guided the Golden Bears to the first Final Four in the history of the program. After it took her through the 2017-18 season, Gottlieb signed a new deal. Gottlieb, who is also the 2012-13 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, was a top assistant of the school previously. Before returning to Berkeley, she spent three years as head coach at Santa Barbara. She was where she wanted to be: a place that supports women in all fields, including Basketball and a place in the Bay Area.

She said the place has changed her life personally. She added that it has been the greatest impact on her professional career. β€œAn extension to say, ‘We want you here for the next five years,’ is really for me very meaningful,” said the coach.

Look forward to much continued success: Mike Williams

The conference coaches picked the Bears sixth in the preseason poll. According to 20th-year Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne, stability is very important in the coaching ranks. Turner Thorne said it is a recipe when a coach can continue at a university. She said that mostly it means that the coaches have built up a program and a culture that is having continued success. She further said that in this age and day where many times administrations or a big business might pull the plug, it is a little shortsighted because consistency means a lot within a program.

She said one has to have the right person for the job. Former athletic director Sandy Barbour, now in the same designation at Penn State, hired Gottlieb but she developed a profound working relationship with new AD Mike Williams.

Williams said Lindsay has done an exceptional job leading their women’s basketball program. He said that from guiding the (Golden) Bears to their first Final Four to becoming a continuous presence in the community, Lindsay is fully devoted to the success of their student-athletes, both on and off the court. He concluded saying that they are excited for her to continue as an important member of the Cal family and are looking forward to much continued success.

John Sill