Cal has managed to keep some continuity in its women's basketball program by hiring Lindsay Gottlieb as its new head coach.
Gottlieb will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Gottlieb was a Cal assistant for three seasons under former coach Joanne Boyle, who left Berkeley earlier this month to take the head coaching job at Virginia. Gottlieb spent the past three seasons as the head coach of UC Santa Barbara, where she led the Gauchos to two Big West Conference championships and was named the 2008-09 Big West Coach of the Year.
"I am both excited and humbled to return to Cal as the head women's basketball coach," Gottlieb said in a statement. "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."
Gottlieb came to Cal with Boyle in 2005 and immediately helped the Bears reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 years. That started a run of four straight NCAA tournament appearances, the final one coming after Gottlieb had moved on to UCSB. Cal advanced to the WNIT in each of the past two seasons, winning the title in 2010.
"Lindsay is a fantastic coach," Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said Monday night. "The
Gottlieb and Bowling Green head coach Curt Miller were the only candidates known to interview for the job.
Tony Johnson, the father of top recruit Erika Johnson of Seattle, said Monday that her daughter is keeping her commitment to Cal. Fellow recruits Brittany Boyd of Berkeley and Reshanda Gray of Los Angeles previously said they would remain with Cal after Boyle announced she was leaving.