Gregg Gottlieb enters his third year with the Oregon State men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.
A veteran of the Pac-12, Gottlieb has helped lead the Beavers to 36 wins in two seasons, including the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1990.
In his first season, Oregon State finished with a 17-14 overall record and an 8-10 mark in league play, including wins over Pac-12 champion Arizona and NCAA Sweet-16 finisher UCLA. The Beavers also set the school record for their best start at Gill Coliseum (14-0) and the most home wins in a single season (15).
The program took a huge leap in his second season, as Oregon State won 19 games, including a 9-9 mark in Pac-12 play, and earned a berth to the Big Dance for the first time in 26 years. The Beavers knocked off a Top 25 team for the second straight season and defeated seven teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
He also helped sign the highest-ranked recruiting class in Oregon State men’s basketball history for the 2015-16 season and added another four top recruits for the 2016-17 season.
Gottlieb, who was hired at Oregon State on June 10, 2014, has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the Division I level and has helped lead his team to 11 consecutive winning seasons.
He began his coaching career at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 1994, had a two-season stop at Sacramento State from 1997-99, worked at San Diego State from 1999-07 and spent the last seven years at California. His teams have earned six NCAA Tournament berths and five trips to the NIT. Gottlieb is currently the longest-tenured assistant coach in the Pac-12.
Gottlieb spent the past seven years at the University of California, working under Ben Braun for the first season and Mike Montgomery, who recently retired, the final six. The Golden Bears went 147-89 during Gottlieb’s seven years in Berkeley, including five 20-win seasons, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times and the NIT three times.
A native of Orange, Calif., Gottlieb oversaw the recruiting efforts for California. Some of the student-athletes he recruited to Berkeley include All-Pac-10 performer and 2012 NBA Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson, 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez, 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe, and three-time All-Pac-12 selection Justin Cobbs.
From 1999-07, Gottlieb was an assistant coach under Steve Fisher at San Diego State and helped turn a program around that has advanced to postseason play in 11 of the past 13 years. The turnaround began in 2001-02 when the Aztecs won 21 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the school’s first postseason bid in 17 years.
San Diego State went 24-9 during the 2005-06 season, while winning the Mountain West Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in five years. The Aztecs advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2003 and 2007.
Gottlieb began his coaching career as an assistant in 1994 at Cal Poly and helped lead one of the most-improved teams in the nation as they improved from a one-win program in 1994-95 to a 16-win team in 1995-96. In 1997, he moved to Sacramento State University where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Before moving on to college, Gottlieb was a standout basketball player at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif., where he graduated in 1990. He played two seasons at Drake University in Iowa before returning to California to complete his studies at UCLA. Gottlieb earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in history with a minor in business in 1995 and his M.B.A. from Cal Poly in 1997.
His late father, Bob, was a volunteer assistant coach under Ralph Miller at Oregon State during the 1983-84 season
Gottlieb was born on March 3, 1972 in Manhattan, Kan. He and his wife, Mandy, have a son, Gage (10), and two daughters, Tess (7) and Quinn (5).