Report: Cavs Make Groundbreaking Hire With Latest Addition to Staff

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The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to forge ahead in their rebuilding effort and broke some new ground on Wednesday by hiring Lindsay Gottlieb as part of the staff for new head coach John Beilein.

She had been serving as head coach of the University of California-Berkeley’s women’s team.

Other than Gottlieb, the only other current female assistant in the NBA is San Antonio’s Becky Hammon. Last week, former WNBA star Swin Cash was added to the front office of the New Orleans Pelicans, who are run by former Cavs general manager David Griffin.

Gottlieb has served as California’s head coach for the past eight years, compiling a record of 179-89, with all but one of those teams reaching the NCAA tournament. In her seconds season in 2012-13, her team reached the Final Four, but lost in the title game to perennial powerhouse Connecticut.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.