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Women We Admire: Cal basketball coaches this Wednesday

UC Berkeley women’s basketball last season took its first regular season Pac-12 championship and made their first NCAA Elite Eight and Final Four appearances, just a few of the firsts being attributed to Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

Don’t miss Gottlieb and Associate Head Coach Charmin Smith when they visit UCOP, 12 to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Franklin Lobby 1. The event is part of the Women We Admire series sponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW).

Gottlieb (pictured above right), now in her third year leading the Cal women, was a finalist for the prestigious Naismith National Coach of the Year Award. She was also named Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a media poll after the Bears went 32–4 overall and 17–1 in the Pac-12 conference.

Before becoming head coach in 2011, she worked as head coach at UC Santa Barbara and assistant coach at Berkeley, the University of Richmond, New Hampshire and Syracuse. She played basketball at Brown, where she earned her B.A. in political science. She received her master’s in education while coaching at Syracuse.

Associate Head Coach Charmin Smith (above left), now in her seventh year at Cal, has helped the team to their top three individual seasons in the squad’s 40-year history. She previously served as assistant coach at Stanford and Boston College and played professionally for six years in the United States and Sweden.

Before coaching for Stanford, Smith was a star player there from 1993 to 1997, helping the Cardinal earn three NCAA Final Four appearances and three Pac-10 titles. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering, both from Stanford.

PACSW established the Women We Admire series in 2009 to bring women from throughout the UC system to UCOP to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work–life balance.

Mark your calendar now for the next speaker, Jane Close Conoley, dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara who also served as UC Riverside interim chancellor for seven months. Conoley will speak Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12 to 1 p.m., also in Franklin Lobby 1.

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