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Road to Success

Sunday, March 22, 2009

By: Howard Chudacoff, Brown Faculty Rep.

Lindsay Gottlieb, Brown '01, was on the women's basketball team for four years, hardly ever playing. An "A" student and daughter of a New York judge, Lindsay lost her mother to cancer in her junior year. She stuck with the team, stuck with her courses, and stuck with her dream of becoming a head basketball coach.

After graduation, Lindsay got a job as an assistant coach at New Hampshire, then accompanied her head coach when the coach was hired first at Richmond and then at Cal. Berkeley. The two of them turned around the Cal program and made it into a Pac-10 powerhouse the past three years.

Last spring, Lindsay got her dream and was hired as head coach of UC-Santa Barbara, a team with a long history of losing records. In just her first year, Lindsay took the team to a 22-9 record and played Stanford last night in the NCAA regional in San Diego. UCSB was the 15th seed and Stanford the no. 2 seed, but in 1998 when Stanford was the no. 1 seed, they fell to no. 16 seed Harvard, the only time a 16th seed has been a No. 1 seed in the history of both the men's and women's tournaments.

Stanford did not lose again, but the accomplishments of UCSB are testimony to the skill and inspiration of an Ivy grad.

Click here to read Ernie Palladino's feature on Lindsay Gottlieb, as found in The Journal News.