USC has signed Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb, the former Cal coach, to a six-year contract as its new women’s basketball coach.
Gottlieb had reportedly rebuffed USC initially before changing her mind.
The fact she took the job means USC is paying a lot more than it has traditionally because of what NBA assistants make and she is now one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12, perhaps making more than all but Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.
Women’s basketball advocates are probably disappointed Gottlieb settled for a Pac-12 job, which she already had before, after being an NBA assistant. Some hoped she might be an NBA head coach one day.
“I went to the NBA to challenge myself at the highest levels of the game of basketball and was fully invested in that journey,” Gottlieb said.
“However, the commitment of President Carol Folt and athletic director Mike Bohn to women’s basketball at USC, and to my vision of success, made it clear that NOW is the right time to come here and use all my coaching experience to partner with the young women in the program, the administration and our future student-athletes to make USC women’s basketball the most dynamic program in the country.”
Gottlieb and USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield have the same agent: Bret Just.