Lindsay Gottlieb: My Coaching Story

Photo Credits: USC Athletics


Since I was a kid, I have wanted to play every sport, and I had parents who encouraged me to have big dreams. As a little girl, I didn’t realize that was life changing. It allowed me to believe I could do anything I set my mind to.

I’m proud to be part of Coaching Corps because they believe all kids should dream big. They provide access to quality sports and coaches who act as mentors to young people in low-income communities of color – to help them play and help them dream.

I ultimately decided to build my life around building teams and impacting young people through sports. Now I am coaching at an elite level as USC Women’s Basketball Head Coach. I believe in creating an environment where my players experience a holistic impact that goes beyond the gym’s day-to-day efforts. I hope that my players learn the fundamentals of basketball, like pick and roll defense or how to be a great teammate, but more importantly, I hope we create a lasting bond that they can call upon for the rest of their lives.

Coaching Corps does a really amazing job at making a link between the highest level of athletes we all cheer for and the kids next door who are similarly influenced by just playing on a team and having a great coach.

I’m happy to share my story to highlight Coaching Corps’ National Coaches Day Celebration because the beauty of coaching is that you get to educate and teach your players skills that are important at game-time and stay with them after the game as well. As coaches we can be ready to support kids on and off the court and make a positive impact together. 


With Gratitude,

Lindsay Gottlieb

USC Women’s Basketball Head Coach

PS: I’m passing the ball to Ben Sherwood, CEO of MOJO, to share why MOJO invests in coaches and partners with Coaching Corps – stay tuned!

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When Lindsay Gottlieb was honored at the 2019 Game Changer Awards, she held the role of  Women’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of California, Berkeley.

She then went on to become the first NCAA women’s basketball head coach hired by an NBA team and joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach. Earlier this year, Gottlieb returned to the collegiate women’s basketball ranks and was named Head Coach at the University of Southern California. 

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