Cal replaces Boyle with familiar face in Gottlieb

Lindsay Gottlieb is returning to California as the Golden Bears’
head coach.

Cal on Monday hired Gottlieb away from UC Santa Barbara to
replace the departed Joanne Boyle, who accepted the Virginia job
earlier this month. Gottlieb went 56-39 in three seasons at UCSB,
where she led the Gauchos to a pair of postseason berths and two
Big West Conference championships. She was the 2009 Big West
Conference coach of the year.

UCSB went 19-12 with a 12-4 conference record last season on the
way to the program’s second Big West title during Gottlieb’s
tenure. The Gauchos lost in the first round of the Women’s National
Invitation Tournament to Southern California.

Gottlieb coached the Bears under Boyle from 2005-08, the latter
as associate head coach. She also worked with Boyle at
Richmond.

”I am both excited and humbled to return to Cal as the head
women’s basketball coach,” Gottlieb said. ”When I set foot on
campus six years ago, I felt Cal could be a gem in the women’s
basketball landscape. Now I know that to be true. Joanne Boyle and
the talented young women who have worn the blue and gold have
elevated the program to national prominence and I look forward to
taking the baton and helping Cal basketball reach unprecedented
heights.”

Cal made four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2006-09 and
posted four straight 20-win seasons for the first time in school
history. The Bears lost 81-65 at Colorado in the second round of
the WNIT last month, finishing with an 18-16 record.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was thrilled to recruit
Gottlieb back to Berkeley. That familiarity should make for a
smooth, quick transition for everyone involved, Barbour said.

”She’s exactly what we were looking for and we’re thrilled to
have the opportunity to attract a coach of her caliber,” Barbour
said. ”Coach Gottlieb is an exceedingly smart, talented and
dedicated coach who is a gifted teacher, mentor and recruiter. I
have no doubt that under her leadership the University of
California women’s basketball program will build on the foundation
she inherits, and take the program to new heights athletically,
academically and in the community.”