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USC has named Cleveland Cavaliers’ assistant Lindsay Gottlieb as the new women’s basketball head coach.

Gottlieb signed a four year contract with the Cavaliers in 2019, making her the first former NCAA women’s head coach to be hired by an NBA team. Prior to that, she was the head coach at Cal where she led the Golden Bears to a Final Four berth and a Pac-12 regular-season title in 2013. 

Reportedly, USC was aggressive in pursuing Gottlieb to bring her back to the Pac-12 conference in hopes of restoring USC basketball to an elite level. 

Gottlieb brings with her even more coaching experience, having led UCSB to the NCAA and WNIT tournaments before being hired away by Cal. Several of her former athletes, including New York’s Layshia Clarendon and Los Angeles’ Kristine Anigwe, have had successful careers in the WNBA.