Women’s basketball: Pac coaches snub Gottlieb

Media covering Pac-12 women’s basketball honored Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb this week as the league’s coach of the year, but the coaches themselves gave the award to Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.

For the 13th time.

Cal and Stanford shared the Pac-12 regular-season title, each at 17-1. It was the first-ever conference crown for the Bears, a distinction the media decided gave an edge to second-year coach Gottlieb.

The coaches, who vote for the traditional all-conference team, gave the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year award to VanDerveer for the third straight season.

Stanford (28-2) earned the No. 1 into the Pac-12 tournament by virtue of its better overall record than Cal (27-2). 

Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarenden of Cal were picked to the all-conference first team, as they were in the media vote. Eliza Pierre and Clarendon also were named to the all-defensive team.

Jeff Faraudo

  • discdude

    Wow. That is crazy stupid. But they know, they are scared, Tara will be retiring soon, Gottlieb is just getting started.

  • milo

    Earth to Pac 12, there’s a new Sheriff in town and her name is Lindsey Gottlieb.

    Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    Ridiculous! That was the easy way out. Just vote for the same person again even though she didn’t win the conference title outright and the Bears outscored them in their head to head matchups! They should do the tie-breaker like they do in soccer… whomever scored the most points on the road in head to head matchups. I don’t like that that they get overall #1 seed because they won one more out of conference game. It has nothing to do with the conference and what if they scheduled cupcakes?

  • BlueNGold

    I guess ‘coach of the year’ means different things to different people. I thought the conventional wisdom was to give it to someone who had a very good season that went way beyond expectations. Or to someone who rebuilt a program that had been languishing. Van Derveer is a very good coach and the furds a good team, but that alone should not qualify for COY.