May 15, 2008

UCSB Names Lindsay Gottlieb Head Women's Basketball Coach

May 15, 2008

Quotes from Press Conference

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Lindsay Gottlieb, formerly the associate head coach at Cal, has been named the new head coach of the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program, Director of Athletics Gary Cunningham announced Thursday.

Gottlieb, who becomes just the fourth coach in program history, will be formally introduced at a press conference Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.

"Lindsay Gottlieb is an outstanding basketball coach and a great fit for UC Santa Barbara," Cunningham said. "She has been an important part of several very successful programs and, considering her experience, I have no doubt that she will help our program continue its tradition of success. We all look forward to working with Lindsay in the pursuit of excellence."

"Our UC Santa Barbara community is absolutely thrilled to welcome Lindsay Gottlieb as our new women's basketball head coach," said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We take great pride in the long and sustained achievements of our women's basketball program under the legendary leadership of Coach Mark French. We confidently anticipate an exciting new era ahead under Coach Gottlieb, who comes to us with a proven track record of leadership and success. My wife, Dilling, and I look forward to joining our Gaucho fans at the games to cheer for Coach Gottlieb, our coaching staff, and all our outstanding student athletes."

After helping turn Cal into one of the premiere programs in college basketball, Gottlieb replaces Mark French, who announced his retirement last month. UCSB's all-time winningest coach posted a career record of 438-200 and guided the Gauchos to 13 Big West Conference Championships and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in 21 seasons in Santa Barbara.

Gottlieb takes over a Gaucho squad that went 23-8 overall last season and returned to the Big Dance for the first time since 2005.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be the next head women's basketball coach at UCSB," Gottlieb said. "I am very excited and I look forward to building on the great tradition that Mark French has established here. This job is one of the true gems in the women's college basketball world because of the program's success, the tradition, and the community support. I feel extremely honored for the opportunity to lead the program going forward."

Gottlieb comes to Santa Barbara after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Cal, where she helped guide the Golden Bears to an overall record of 68-28 (.708) over that span. In her first year as associate head coach under Joanne Boyle, Gottlieb helped Cal register an impressive 27-7 mark last season, which set a school record for wins. The Bears earned a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and advanced to the second round where they upset by George Washington, 55-53.

The Scarsdale, N.Y. native worked with all aspects of the program during her tenure at Cal, including recruiting and scouting and served as the team's academic liaison. Gottlieb was an integral part of the development of the Golden Bears' post players and worked extensively with Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker, who were both named State Farm/WBCA honorable mention All-Americans in 2007-08.

Cal posted its first winning season in 13 years in Gottlieb's first year on the staff in 2005-06 and the Bears qualified for the Big Dance for the first time since 1993. In 2006-07, Gottlieb helped Cal to an overall record of 23-9 and the Bears earned another bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting their best-ever Pac-10 finish at 12-6.

Prior to her arrival at Cal, Gottlieb was an assistant coach under Boyle for three seasons at the University of Richmond, where she helped lead the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons and a postseason appearance each year. In 2004-05 Richmond finished with a 23-8 overall record and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. The Spiders qualified for the WNIT in 2003 and 2004.

Before joining the staff at Richmond, Gottlieb served as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 2001-02, under head coach Sue Johnson. She was also an assistant coach for two years at Syracuse alongside Marianna Freeman and obtained additional coaching expertise with the Westchester Basketball Association AAU program and Kutsher's Sports Academy.

Gottlieb graduated from Brown in 1999 with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science and earned her master's degree in philosophy of education while at Syracuse. After playing for Brown she was a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 campaign and received the Team Heart and Soul Award in 1999.

Information in this release courtesy of Cal Media Relations