My name is Lindsay Gottlieb. I am an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. I was the first woman to leave a Division 1 Women’s Basketball Head Coaching position to work on an NBA coaching staff. I spent 20 years coaching women’s college basketball. Most recently I was the head coach at Cal, where we won a Pac 12 championship and reached the FInal 4. I am most excited about using my platform to reach young women and help them to become the best versions of themselves, and to believe that they are capable of greatness in whatever form that takes. I am passionate about my career and work life, as well as my family. I have a supportive and amazing husband, Patrick Martin, and we have a gregarious, energetic and loving 2 years old son, Jordan.
In the beginning of my senior year of high school, I tore my ACL playing basketball, ending my season and crushing my spirit. Up to that point, basketball was a large part of my identity and the injury was the toughest thing I had ever had to deal with. It forced me to find my value beyond sport, to deal with fear and sadness, and to ultimately tap into a new level of strength I wasn’t sure that I had. Less than 2 years later, at the beginning of my sophomore year of college, my mother passed away from a brief illness. It’s funny how life works: only 23 months before, I thought there could not possibly be anything more difficult than a torn ACL. However, the juxtaposition of these 2 life events actually forced me to “grow guts,” learn the true meaning of “grit,” and has actually guided me through navigating much of my adult life. While I would never have chosen to lose my mother at such a young age, I am truly grateful for the 19 years I had with her, and for the everlasting values and grit she instilled in me, both in her life and through dealing with her death.