After guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships in five years, Mulkey, in her first season as Baylor’s head coach, guided the Bears to the program’s first NCATA national championship, defeating the defending champion Oregon Ducks three times en route to the crown. The Bears posted a program-best 11-0 record. Sophomore Kiara Nowlin, freshman Shayla Moore and senior Keegan Johnson received 2015 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association All-American honors and the Bears claimed eight event titles. In addition, Nowlin was named the 2015 NCATA Most Outstanding Player and Moore earned Freshman of the Year recognition.
Upon her arrival, Mulkey stated, "I am truly excited to be taking this next step in my coaching career. It's a chance for me to move closer to my family and to assume the reins of an established program and take it to the next level. I enjoyed an amazing five years at Oregon but am eager to accept this challenge," said Mulkey. "I am extremely impressed with the commitment and support of the Baylor administration on all levels for the Acrobatics & Tumbling program and its student-athletes."
In her six seasons as a head coach, Mulkey, a native of Atlanta, Ga., has an overall record of 54-3 while winning five national titles, 38 event titles, coached 14 student-athletes to All-America honors with three earning athlete of the year awards.
Mulkey, a 1998 Kennesaw State health and exercise science graduate, oversaw the development of a program that finished no worse than third nationally from 2001 through 2007. Her success resulted in the program ascending to the Division I level in 2006.
Prior to transferring and taking over the head coaching reigns at the Kennesaw, Ga., school in May 1997, Mulkey cheered for two years at Southern Union State (Wadley, Ala.), and led the Bison to an eighth-place national finish in 1995.
In addition to directing the Owls' spirit and competitive programs, Mulkey served as the school's sports operations director from 2007-2008. She also worked as marketing director of the American Lung Association in Smyrna, Ga., from July 1998 through July 2000, as well as the sports marketing and promotions director at her alma mater from 2000-06.