Louisiana State made a major women’s basketball coup on Sunday when it hired Kim Mulkey, who won three Baylor as its new coach in 21 years.
Mulkey’s move is perhaps the most significant coaching change in women’s college basketball in recent years, and sends the Southeastern Conference to one of the nation’s top coaches, one of the deepest leagues in the country. The long-competitive SEC, a standard-bearer in women’s basketball, sent seven teams to the final four in the NCAA Tournament of long last season and seven, South Carolina.
58-year-old Mulki is returning to her roots. She grew up in Louisiana, where she was a four-time state champion at Hammond High School and won two national championships as a player at Louisiana Tech. She began her college coaching with her alma mater, and then scored 632–104 at Baylor.
“Kim Mulkey is a champion and Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said. He will be introduced as the Tigers’ coach at a news conference on Monday.
Mulkey’s sporting achievements – including an Olympic gold medal in 1984 – were followed by an equally sterling coaching record. She became the head coach at Bayour in 2000, after serving as an assistant at Louisiana Tech. The team was coming off a 7-20 season and had never made the NCAA tournament.
He led the Bears to national titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019. Mulkey’s teams placed each other in the final four, and made 10 additional trips in the round of 16. Baylor held the NCAA tournament every year, but one during his tenure.
His 2011–12 championship team, led by Brittany Griner, was the best, 40–0 concluding.
“He reminded me a lot of my dad – strict and fair,” Griner Said at the time of Mulki’s coaching style. “There is no favorite. There is no sugarcane. She explains how it is and hides nothing. “
As the only woman to win an NCAA basketball championship as a player, as an assistant and as head coach, Mulkey was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.
“We are grateful for more than two decades Kim Mulkey One of the nation’s premier programs, Baylor was roped in to produce women’s basketball, “Boiler’s athletic director, Mack B. Rhodes IV stated.
In 2019, country Brought him the championship team At the White House, the first women’s team honored itself by President Trump.
“Would you like to work in the White House by any chance?” Trump asked him. “No,” Mulkey replied. “We’ll take you,” Mr. Trump said. “We need help.”
Mulkey’s success gave him a one-year $ 2.27 million contract in the boiler, and LSU was Reported to be higher than that figure To woo her. LSU men’s coach, Will Wade, makes $ 2.5 million.
Mulkey needs a reshuffle in a team. LSU made five consecutive finals from 2004–08, but did not return since. In eight seasons under Nikki Fargas, the team made two appearances in the round of 16. In 2020–21, it was 9–13. Fargas resigned on Saturday.