August 6, 2007
Berkeley, CA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- When the Cal men's basketball team takes the court at Haas Pavilion this season, looking to build on last year's 16-17 record with a solid core of returning players, there will be a new face on the bench. Gregg Gottlieb was named the Bears' new assistant coach last Monday, three weeks after former assistant coach Joe Pasternack accepted the head coaching position at New Orleans.
Gottlieb has spent the last eight years building a solid reputation with the men's basketball program at San Diego State.
"We're thrilled to have Gregg on our staff," Cal head coach Ben Braun said. "I've known Gregg since I've been at Cal. He brings a lot of energy. I think he'll fit in really well with our staff because he works really hard, and that's one thing our team does, our staff does. We believe we outwork people, and he's going to outwork a lot of people."
Gottlieb helped guide the Aztecs to four postseason appearances in his five years as an assistant coach, including an NCAA Tournament berth in the 2005-2006 season and a National Invitational Tournament appearance last year.
Furthermore, with Gottlieb as recruiting coordinator since the beginning of the 2002-2003 season, San Diego State has pulled down nationally-ranked recruiting classes in each of the past four years.
Gottlieb began his tenure with the Aztecs as director of basketball operations in 1999, and held that position for three years before being promoted.
"I think he has been kind of an unsung guy, from where he has been," Braun said of his new coach. "He's a pain to recruit against, and to play against, and that's a good sign. I'd go in the gym and he'd be in the gym, recruiting guys, and when we play him he's a big part of their preparation.
"He's also a player's coach. Guys are going to respect his passion, his knowledge of the game and his work ethic."
Gottlieb began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant at Cal Poly. He helped revitalize the Mustangs to the tune of a 16-win campaign in his first season, a year after Cal Poly had only one victory on its entire 1994-95 schedule.
Gottlieb also spent two years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State before beginning his stretch at San Diego State.
"He's certainly going to be instrumental in recruiting-that's what he has proven himself in," Braun said. "But he's going to be involved in two other areas very much, and those are going to be game preparation and player development. We pride ourselves a lot in player development-getting guys better. And game preparation and scouting, he's good in that area as well."
While Gottlieb's fellow new assistant coach Mike Roberts concentrates on giving Cal a lift in its post play, Gottlieb will work with the guards alongside assistant head coach Louis Reynaud.
"He has been in an up-tempo system, and he just fits in with what we're doing," Braun said.
During his own playing career, Gottlieb earned two varsity letters at Drake University in Iowa, after a brilliant high school career at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif. Gottlieb is a product of a basketball family, as his father Bob coached under Hall of Famer Jack Hartmann at Kansas State and Eddie Sutton at Creighton. Furthermore, Gottlieb's brother, Doug, currently works as a basketball analyst for ESPN, and was a standout guard at Oklahoma State.
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