Waco native Damion McKinney begins his seventh year as a member of coach Mulkey's staff after joining the Lady Bear program on August 16, 2006.
McKinney works primarily with the Lady Bear guards and in recruiting. His recruiting efforts have been instrumental in Baylor signing some of the nation's top talent. Since he has arrived at Baylor he has helped sign the nation's No.1 recruiting class in 2009, bring in two McDonald's All-American transfers, as well as sign the top players in the state of Texas in 2008, 2009 & 2010. These players have gone on to win back-to-back National Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year awards, as well as Newcomer of the Year honors. Under his tutelage, several guards have earned numerous Big 12 Conference honors.
Since McKinney's arrival the Lady Bears have won three Big 12 conference tournament championships, two regular-season titles, won the 2012 NCAA championship and advanced to the 2010 Final Four.
A 1992 graduate of La Vega (Texas) High School, McKinney came to the Lady Bear program from the Dallas-based DFW Elite Basketball organization where he was the program's elite recruiting coordinator. Many of his former players have gone on to play in the Big 12, as well as the WNBA. In addition, he has coached at the high school level, most recently as an assistant boys coach at Dallas' Sunset High School where he taught ninth grade history.
The 38-year-old earned his bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was a two-time first-team All-Lone Star Conference basketball selection. McKinney still holds the MSU record for 3-pointers in a game with nine. Prior to transferring to MSU, he played at Waco's McLennan Community College.
During his prep career at La Vega, McKinney was a standout performer in football, basketball and track.