Lindsay Gottlieb '99

Lindsay Gottlieb '99 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths


Alumni Spotlight – Lindsay Gottlieb ‘99


Lindsay Gottlieb graduated from Brown in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and was a member of the women’s basketball team, serving as a student assistant coach during the 1998-99 season.  During that season, Gottlieb received the team’s Heart and Soul Award for her passion and contributions to the Bears in her senior season.


Syracuse saw a rising star in Gottlieb, hiring her as an assistant coach right after graduation in 1999, where she spent two seasons with the Orange and earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Education.  After spending a season as an assistant at New Hampshire, Gottlieb had a three-year stint at Richmond before joining Cal as an assistant, eventually becoming associate head coach for the 2007-08 campaign. 


Under Gottlieb’s guidance in 2007-08, the Bears made their first appearance in the Pac-10 championship game and advanced to the Round of 32 in that season’s NCAA Tournament.


After her initial stint in Berkeley, Gottlieb received her first head coaching position with UC-Santa Barbara, spending three seasons with the Gauchos while tallying a 56-39 overall record. In 2008-09, the Gauchos recorded a 15-1 conference record, winning the Big West championship, and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.  For her efforts that season, Gottlieb garnered Big West Coach of the Year honors.


In April of 2011, Gottlieb was hired as her mentor Joanne Boyle’s successor at Berkeley, and has since led the Golden Bears to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.  Gottlieb has compiled a 79-24 record over three seasons at Cal, including a Final Four berth in 2013 as the Golden Bears eventually fell to national runner-up, Louisville, 64-57.  Gottlieb’s 2012-13 campaign was capped by being named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award.


This past season, Cal finished second overall in the Pac-12 with a 22-10 record before dropping a 75-56 decision to No. 2 seeded Baylor on March 24, 2014 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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