Plain and simple, Leon Barmore missed basketball and the game missed him. Thus, former Barmore assistant and current Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey shocked the basketball world when she was able to coax the legendary coach out of retirement three years ago. The hiring makes Baylor just one of two women's basketball programs (Tennessee) to currently have two or more Hall of Fame coaches on their staff.
Mulkey and Barmore, both members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, enter their third season together at Baylor, forming one of women's basketball's most successful coaching tandems. Prior to Mulkey's arrival as Baylor's head coach, the duo coached together for 15 seasons at Louisiana Tech.
A 2003 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Barmore orchestrated one of the most dominant programs in women's basketball history, guiding the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters to 13, 30-win seasons and 19, 20-win campaigns. Barmore, the fastest coach in women's basketball history to reach 500 wins, retired Aug. 22, 2002, after 20 years as Louisiana Tech's head coach, posting an amazing career record of 576-87. In fact, his .869 winning percentage still ranks as the best in women's college basketball history.
In his 20 seasons at the program's helm, the Lady Techsters made 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament, which included a national championship in 1988, four NCAA runner-up finishes and nine NCAA Final Four appearances. During his tenure, the Lady Techsters were ranked among The Associated Press Top 25 for 179 straight weeks and fashioned a 54-game win streak. In addition, Barmore coached 12 WBCA All-Americas, four Olympians and 37 first-team all-conference selections.
Prior to joining the Baylor staff, Barmore spent his entire career at Louisiana Tech as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
In addition to Barmore being enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, he was recently inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. He is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.
Coach Barmore and his wife, Rachel, have one daughter, Shannon. Shannon and her husband, Karl, are proud parents of twin daughters, Sophie and Ellie.