Kim Mulkey returns to Louisiana

On Sunday, April 25, the sports world was shocked that Kim Mulkey was leaving Baylor to return to her home state of Louisiana to coach the Lady Tigers of LSU.

Mulkey is no stranger to Louisiana having played and coached at Louisiana Tech. She was raised in Hammond, Louisiana, according to BaylorBears.com. She has been successful since her playing days and has not looked back. She starred as a four-year letterman at Hammond High during the years of 1976-1980 and then went on to star at Louisiana Tech during 1980-1984. Her time in Ruston, Lousiana she played in the Final Four all four years. She went on to win two national championships. After her time as a player, she became an assistant coach for her alma mater. She coached there from 1985 until 2000; she had an impressive and successful tenure there. As an assistant, she would see success as the teams during that tenure reached the Final Four as well. In 2000 she would land the head coach job in Waco and the rest was history. Kim Mulkey is one of the very few coaches to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Longevity and commitment have been a key part of her successful career as a coach. It is in Waco where she made her mark and will one day go down as a Hall of Fame coach. She spent 21 years leading the Lady Bears of Baylor University. She won three national championships, 23 Big 12 Championships (combined regular season and tournaments), and 8-time Big-12 Coach of the Year, to go along with an astounding record of 632-104. She coached a record-setting 2011-2012 team to a record of 40-0. She never had a losing record as a head coach even when we thought it was a down year for the team. Only one season out of her 21 years in Baylor has her team played in the WNIT and that was early on in her career.

This was by far one of the best hires LSU could have ever made because they are getting one of the most decorated coaches in Women’s College Basketball history. She is on the list with some of the greatest women coaches. She will bring the energy and rejuvenate the LSU Women’s Basketball Program. The Lady Tigers Basketball program has been very successful since it was established. They have had successful coaches in the past and bringing a coach like Kim Mulkey solidifies the program. We all know what Kim Mulkey was capable of in the Big 12 and she could put a line-up together to compete with programs like Tennessee, UCONN, Louisville, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame to name a few. Let us see if she will bring the same energy to the SEC.

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