Former Panthers coach Bob Gottlieb Dead at 74

The Milwaukee Panthers basketball family lost one of its dear members with the passing of former men’s basketball head coach Bob Gottlieb on Sunday after a long battle with melanoma. He was 74 years old. Gottlieb coached the Panthers from 1975 to 1980, during their beginnings as a Division 1 program, after coaching for two seasons at Jacksonville University, where he had two winning seasons with the Dolphins, including reaching the semifinals of the NIT in 1973.

Gottlieb had a 62-70 record as coach of the Panthers, with his best season being a 19-8 record in the 1976-77 season. He departed as head coach after going 9-17 in 1979-80. Bob also had stints as an assistant coach with Creighton, Kansas State, Long Beach State, and Oregon State, as well as 6 seasons coaching in the NBA Summer League.

For the last 10 years of his life, Gottlieb ran the Branch West Basketball Academy in Southern California. His two sons, Doug and Gregg, have careers of their own in college basketball, with Doug being a current analyst with CBS Sports and CBS Sports Radio, and Gregg an assistant coach at Oregon State.

All of us at Panther U offer our condolences to the Gottlieb family on the tragic loss. You will be missed, Bob.

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