The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired University of California, Berkeley women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb to be an assistant on first-year head coach John Beilein’s staff, the team announced Wednesday.
Gottlieb is the first women’s collegiate head coach to be recruited to a team’s staff. She is expected to have a role comparable to only two female coaching peers in the league; San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman.
“The vision for the Cavs’ future is compelling and I look forward to helping make it a reality,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “At the same time, on a personal level, I am honored to hopefully impact young girls and women to be empowered to pursue their own visions and to be inspired to turn them into reality as well.”