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Doug Gottlieb employed as Inexperienced Bay males’s basketball coach: Radio host steps onto court docket to guide the Phoenix

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The probably closing faculty carousel addition in this 2024 cycle simply is perhaps essentially the most sudden of all of them. Inexperienced Bay has employed sports activities radio host and former Oklahoma State standout level guard Doug Gottlieb to be its subsequent males’s basketball coach, the college introduced Tuesday. It is a splashy transfer for the Horizon League program, which is making its third teaching rent in 5 seasons and has one NCAA Event look in almost three many years.

The contract is for 5 years. 

Gottlieb is a widely known and infrequently controversial sports activities media character resulting from his oft-unfiltered opinions, however his fame as a basketball analyst has lengthy been held in excessive regard. Gottlieb has been a studio and in-game commentator on faculty basketball for the previous twenty years in his time at ESPN, CBS Sports activities and Fox Sports activities. He is additionally been public over time about his need to get into faculty teaching; Gottlieb interviewed for the Oklahoma State job in 2017 and actually was one of many finalists for the Inexperienced Bay opening in 2023.

He misplaced out final yr to Sundance Wicks, who simply left the Phoenix to be the coach at Wyoming after authoring a 15-win turnaround in 2022-23 at Inexperienced Bay. 

As a part of the phrases of his employment, Gottlieb will proceed to host his nationally syndicated day by day radio present for Fox Sports activities Radio, Phoenix athletic director Josh Moon advised CBS Sports activities. It is an unprecedented association: Gottlieb will probably be a Division I coach and a member of the media concurrently. 

“What he is doing now could be a two-hour radio present. Balancing that’s no totally different than what others people have dabbled in on this space,” Moon advised CBS Sports activities. “That is totally different — I am not saying it is the identical — however the dedication for that by way of what number of hours within the day, Doug can steadiness that with the place he is at in his profession. His problem goes to be: how do you steadiness the takes, the opinions and issues that drive that course of. That is what he will have to determine.”

Together with his distinctive place of teaching and having a nationwide microphone, CBS Sports activities requested Moon if Gottlieb could be permitted give opinions on his radio present about gamers, coaches or issues in faculty basketball, along with providing NCAA Event picks and/or predictions. 

“They will (Fox Sports activities) need to work via that with what it seems from the radio aspect, and us from our aspect,” Moon mentioned.

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Moon rapidly made his manner again to Gottlieb after he needed to discover a substitute for Wicks, who on Monday left after one season with Inexperienced Bay to be the coach at Wyoming. Gottlieb has no teaching expertise in faculty however has coached grassroots/AAU groups from California for plenty of years and beforehand served as an assistant and head coach on the Maccabiah Video games in Israel. Gottlieb was born in close by Milwaukee. His late father, Bob, coached the UW-Milwaukee Panthers from 1975-80.

It is an outdoor the field rent and positive to attract a number of consideration, if not some skepticism. Gottlieb is well-known throughout basketball and has connections going again many years, however he’s the uncommon particular person employed to run a D-I program regardless of by no means beforehand engaged on a university bench.

“We went down the highway with Doug fairly far final yr,” Moon mentioned of the 2023 teaching search. “Attending to know him extra, understanding what he is about, how a lot ardour he has for this sport and for teaching. His background — being somebody in his skilled profession that he is all the time gained — clearly related and might transfer the needle for us and be artistic, exterior the field as a mid-major establishment the loopy, loopy world of school athletics.”

The 48-year-old Gottlieb began his profession at Notre Dame however was a three-year standout at Oklahoma State from 1997-2000. His 947 assists are eleventh most in males’s NCAA Division I historical past.

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