Ever since Baylor University named Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey-Robertson as Baylor's fourth Lady Bear head coach on April 4, 2000, the former All-American and Olympic gold medalist has brought repeated national prominence to Baylor University and the women's basketball program.
This season in just her fifth year at program's helm, the Lady Bears achieved the ultimate prize each NCAA Division I team covets, a NCAA National Championship. In doing so, Mulkey-Robertson became the first women's basketball coach to win a NCAA national championship as both a player and a head coach. She joins former North Carolina coach Dean Smith and Texas Tech's Bobby Knight as the only members of that elite group.
After just five seasons as a head coach, Mulkey-Robertson has taken the Lady Bears to five postseason competitions, including four NCAA Tournaments, which includes the school's 2005 NCAA national championship, a national ranking of No. 1 and the championship (2005) in the toughest women's basketball conference in the nation, the Big 12. She has accumulated an impressive 131-38 (.775) career record at Baylor.
Mulkey-Robertson continued to add to her impressive list of achievements. Numerous honors were bestowed upon her after her inaugural season. She was named one of the Top 50 Female High School Athletes of the 20th Century, National Coach of the Year by Real Sport magazine and Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Dallas Morning-News and Waco Tribune-Herald. In 2003, Mulkey-Robertson was inducted into COSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame and was a unanimous choice for Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2005. She will, along with North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, receive the New York Athletic Club's famed Winged Foot Award on May 19 in New York City.
As a player, Mulkey-Robertson led the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters to a 130-6 record, two national titles and four Final Fours from 1980-84. During that time the 5-foot-4 playmaker, known for her spectacular passes and French braids, also led Louisiana Tech to its first two national championships (1981 and 1982) and was a part of the USA's gold medal-winning team at the 1984 Olympics and the 1983 Pan American Games.
Mulkey-Robertson averaged 6.38 assists and 1.56 steals per game and ranks second on Tech's all-time list in assists and 12th in steals. In addition, the summa cum laude scholar was a two-time Academic All-American.
Mulkey-Robertson has two children, Makenzie (13) and Kramer (10) and both are extremely active in sports. Makenzie plays basketball, volleyball, softball and participates in track and field while Kramer plays football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Makenzie is a member of Midway's two-time Little League Softball World Series Championship team. The family, when not attending sporting events, can often be found on Lake Waco riding jet skis, playing basketball on their home court or in the backyard batting cage.
THE KIM MULKEY-ROBERTSON FILE
Born: May 17, 1962
Hometown: Hammond, La.
Children: daughter Makenzie, 13; son Kramer, 10
|2000-Present:||Head Coach at Baylor University|
|1996-2000:||Associate Head Coach at Louisiana Tech|
|1985-1996:||Assistant Coach at Louisiana Tech|
|1976-80: ||Four-year letterwinner at Hammond HS in Hammond, La.|
|1980-84: ||Four-year letterwinner at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.|
|High School: ||Hammond High School, Hammond, La.|
|College: || Bachelor, Louisiana Tech University (1984)|
NAMED BAYLOR'S HEAD COACH
April 4, 2000
|2005-06||Baylor||Head Coach||27-6||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2004-05||Baylor||Head Coach||33-3||NCAA National Champions|
|2003-04||Baylor||Head Coach||26-9||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2002-03||Baylor||Head Coach||24-11||WNIT Finals|
|2001-02||Baylor||Head Coach||27-6||NCAA Second Round|
|2000-01||Baylor||Head Coach||21-9||NCAA First Round|
|1999-00||Louisiana Tech||Associate Head Coach||31-3||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1998-99||Louisiana Tech||Associate Head Coach||30-3||NCAA Final Four|
|1997-98||Louisiana Tech||Associate Head Coach||31-4||NCAA National Runner-Up|
|1996-97||Louisiana Tech||Associate Head Coach||31-4||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1995-96||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||31-2||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1994-95||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||28-5||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1993-94||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||31-4||NCAA National Runner-Up|
|1992-93||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||26-6||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1991-92||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||20-10||NCAA First Round|
|1990-91||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||18-12||NCAA First Round|
|1989-90||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||32-1||NCAA Final Four|
|1988-89||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||32-4||NCAA Final Four|
|1987-88||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||32-2||NCAA Champions|
|1986-87||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||30-3||NCAA National Runner-Up|
|1985-86||Louisiana Tech||Assistant Coach||27-5||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Louisiana Tech Totals||430-68 (.863)|| |
|Baylor Totals|| ||158-44 (.782)|| |
|1983-84||Louisiana Tech||30-3||NCAA Final Four|
|1982-83||Louisiana Tech||31-2||NCAA National Runner-Up|
|1981-82||Louisiana Tech||35-1||NCAA National Champions|
|1980-81||Louisiana Tech||34-0||AIAW National Champions|
|Louisiana Tech Totals||130-6 (.956)|
Combined Record as Collegiate Player and Assistant Coach:
(19 years) 560-74 (.883)
Record as Head Coach:
(6 years) 158-44 (.782)
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- Led the Lady Techsters to a 130-6 record as a player.
- During 15-year stint as assistant and associate head coach, Louisiana Tech posted a 430-68 record and advanced to seven Final Fours.
- Won gold medal for South Team at Olympic Festival (Syracuse, NY).
- Won AIAW National Championship.
- Member of USA Basketball Select Team.
- Won NCAA National Championship.
- Won gold medal at Pan Am Games in Caracus, Venezuela.
- Academic All-American.
- NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner.
- Academic All-American.
- James Corbett Award (Louisiana's College Athlete of the Year).
- Naismith "Small Player of the Year".
- Olympic Gold medalist at Los Angeles games.
- Inducted into National High School Hall of Fame.
- Inducted into Louisiana High School Hall of Fame.
- Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Writers Hall of Fame.
- Inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
Named one of top three assistants by Women's Basketball Journal.
Listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 greatest Louisiana sports figures of the 20th century.
- Lone female named among Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century.
- Named Baylor's fourth head coach.
- Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Named one of Top 50 Female High School Athletes of the 20th Century.
- National Coach of the Year - Real Sport Magazine.
- Big 12 Coach of the Year - Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald.
- Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Senior College Coach of the Year.
- CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Winged Foot Award.
- Big 12 Coach of the Year.