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 Kim Mulkey
Kim Mulkey
Hometown:
Hammond, La.

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Louisiana Tech

11/04/2014

Baylor, Midwestern State Postgame Quotes

Baylor 99, Midwestern State 56

03/31/2014

No. 5 WBB Falls at No. 2 Notre Dame, 88-69

Odyssey Sims scores 33 points in loss.

02/24/2014

Baylor, Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Baylor 96, Oklahoma 89

02/19/2014

Baylor, Iowa State Postgame Notes

Baylor 89, Iowa State 51

02/19/2014

Baylor, Iowa State Postgame Quotes

Baylor 89, Iowa State 51

12/14/2014

No. 9 Baylor vs. Stephen F. Austin

USATSI Gallery women's basketball -- 12/14/14

12/10/2014

Women's Basketball vs. Idaho

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11/14/2014

Baylor vs. Oral Roberts

Baylor takes on Oral Roberts

11/10/2014

Baylor Women's Basketball vs. TSU

Baylor Wbb vs. TSU

03/29/2014

Baylor Lady Bears NCAA Sweet Sixteen vs Kentucky, 03/29/14

Baylor Lady Bears NCAA Sweet Sixteen vs Kentucky, 03/29/14

Success = Kim Mulkey. No matter what she's attempted in basketball, whether it be on the court or along the sideline, Mulkey has found success. In just 14 seasons as a head coach, she has attained 404 career victories to rank No. 2 among the winningest active Division I head coaches (.825) and No. 4 all-time by percentage. In addition, the Lady Bear program ranks No. 5 among the NCAA Division I's winningest teams over that span, averaging 28.9 wins a season. Only one person, her mentor Leon Barmore, attained the 400-win milestone quicker. It took Barmore 13 seasons and three games to accumulate 400 wins, while Mulkey achieved it in 13 years and 32 games.

When the Women's Basketball Hall of Famer accepted the position as Baylor University's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2000, few could have predicted the dramatic and prestigious transformation the program was about to undergo. Inheriting a program that was 7-20 in the year prior to her arrival and had registered 13 losing seasons in the 17 previous years, Mulkey has transformed the Lady Bears into a national power. The former Olympic Gold medalist has twice guided the Lady Bear basketball program to the pinnacle of women's basketball, the 2005 and 2012 NCAA national championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, 14, 20-win seasons, 12, 25-win efforts, five, 30-win campaigns and an NCAA record 40 victories and a perfect 2011-12 season. In addition, over the past 10 seasons, Mulkey has led the Lady Bears to three Final Four appearances (2005, '10, `12) and 11 Big 12 Conference titles.

The 2005 national title was Baylor's first for a women's team sport, and just the second in school history overall. In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.

En route to the 2005 NCAA championship, the Lady Bears won their first Big 12 Conference championship and were the league's tournament champion, too. In 2009, the Lady Bears added to the trophy case with another Big 12 Tournament crown, claimed both the 2011 regular season and tournament crowns and captured the 2012 regular season title by a record seven games over second-place finishers Oklahoma and Texas A&M and again earned the tournament crown. The Lady Bears duplicated the feat in the 2012-13 season, winning both crowns, and became the first team to win three straight conference tournament titles and five all-told. In 2013-14, Baylor claimed its fourth straight Big 12 regular season title becoming the first league school to achieve that feat and claimed its fourth straight and sixth overall tournament crown.

In 2012, Mulkey swept all Coach of the Year awards, winning WBCA, USBWA, Associated Press, Naismith and Big 12 Conference honors.

Since coming into the league in 2000-01, Mulkey ranks as the Big 12's winningest coach by both victories (404) and percentage (.825).

Since taking over the program, Mulkey has guided the Lady Bears to 14 postseason appearances, including 13 NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2003 WNIT finals. In 2004, the Lady Bears made their first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and have now played in eight Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights and three Final Fours. In 2001, Sheila Lambert was a Kodak All-American and was awarded the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which recognized the nation's best player 5-7 or under. Odyssey Sims won the award in 2014, Mulkey was the award's inaugural winner in 1984.

Under Mulkey's tutelage, Sophia Young became the program's first two-time Kodak All-American and also the school's first AP All-American and Brittney Griner garnered the program's first national Freshman of the Year honor (2010) and National Player of the Year kudos (2012 and `13) and Sims followed in 2011. Griner also earned the program's first Honda Cup award. Griner and Sims were both winners of the prestigious Wade Trophy. In addition, Baylor landed its first-ever players in the WNBA when Lambert and Danielle Crockrom were each drafted in the first round after the 2001 season and Steffanie Blackmon was drafted in 2005.

Griner became Baylor's first No. 1 WNBA Draft selection when the Phoenix Mercury selected her in 2013. Young was selected No. 4 by the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2006. In 2007, Bernice Mosby became Mulkey's fourth first-round WNBA draft pick when the Washington Mystics made her the fourth player selected overall. In 2008, Angela Tisdale was drafted by the Chicago Sky and Jessica Morrow was selected by the Atlanta Dream in 2009, while Brooklyn Pope was drafted in 2013 by the Chicago Sky. In 2013, the Tulsa Shock selected Odyssey Sims was the draft's No. 3 pick. All told, under Mulkey, 10 players have been drafted by WNBA teams, including six first-round selections.

Not only has Baylor's progress registered on the national level, local fans have taken notice, too. The Lady Bears continue to break all-time attendance records and annually rank among the nation's top 25 in NCAA women's basketball attendance, including six top-10 finishes, ranking a program-high No. 4 in 2012-13, No. 8 three times (2005-06, 2009-10 and 2013-14) and sixth in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. For the past nine seasons the Lady Bears have eclipsed the 100,000 fan mark at home. In 2011-12, Baylor drew a Ferrell Center record-breaking 166,593 fans and in 2012-13 set an average attendance record of 9,160 fans per game. In fact, since Mulkey's arrival, some 1,580,882 fans have come through the Ferrell Center doors.

In her first season as a head coach, Mulkey returned the Lady Bear program to the national spotlight. She took a team that was 7-20 in 1999-2000 and 12th (2-12) in the Big 12 and molded it into a cohesive, confident unit that finished sixth (9-7) in the Big 12 and earned the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Baylor, along with four other schools, posted the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I with a 14-game improvement, going from 7-20 to 21-9. In addition, the Baylor squad was ranked in the AP top 25 poll for six weeks, climbing as high as No. 20 and finished the season ranked No. 23.

Baylor's second season under Mulkey produced even better results. The team finished 27-6 and ranked No. 7 in The Associated Press' final ranking. For the first time in program history, the Lady Bears were selected to host NCAA Tournament games. Baylor hosted first and second round games and set a Lady Bear attendance record when 10,074 fans packed the Ferrell Center for Baylor's second-round game against Drake. In fact, the Waco first and second rounds ranked second nationally in attendance compared to other sites.

Her third season proved to be her most challenging. Working with a 2002-03 team that returned only one starter and listed only three upperclassmen on its roster, Mulkey guided her young squad to a 24-11 record and after being snubbed by the NCAA selection committee, the Lady Bears advanced to the WNIT finals. In the championship game, SEC rival Auburn narrowly defeated the Lady Bears, 64-63.

Year four yielded even more success for Baylor women's basketball. Mulkey guided the Lady Bears to the program's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16, where they lost to tradition-rich Tennessee (71-69) on a controversial last-second call. Baylor finished the season at 26-9, was ranked No. 15 in the AP's final poll and achieved its then-highest finish ever in the coaches poll at No. 11.

The 2004-05 season proved to be Mulkey's breakthrough year. The squad posted a 33-3 record and claimed the Big 12 Conference title with a 14-2 mark. En route to the NCAA championship, the Lady Bears defeated three No. 1 seeds. Steffanie Blackmon and Young were both named All-Americans with Young becoming Baylor's third WBCA All-American. Blackmon became BU's third WNBA draftee when the Seattle Storm selected her. In addition to earning Big 12 Coach of the Year honors, Mulkey received the New York Athletic Club's prestigious Winged Foot Award.

After losing two starters off the 2005 NCAA championship squad, Mulkey guided the 2005-06 Lady Bears to a 26-7 record and a 12-4 Big 12 mark, good for a second place league finish and a final AP ranking of No. 10. Year six under Mulkey also produced the program's first two-time WBCA All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year in Young. A first-round WNBA pick of the San Antonio Silver Stars, Young ended her career as the Big 12's leading scorer (2,480) and rebounder (1,316).

Fielding a 2006-07 team that featured eight underclassmen on the 11-member roster, the team's 26-7 record was an impressive achievement. Led by Mosby, the Lady Bears were again selected to the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the perennially tough Big 12 Conference with an 11-5 mark. As a team, the Lady Bears led the nation in blocked shots with 7.2 a contest. Baylor finished the year ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.

Facing the 2007-08 season with, for the first time, no dominant scorer and rebounder returning, Mulkey guided the squad to an impressive 25-7 mark, a second place Big 12 Conference finish and another NCAA Tournament berth. The team featured a balanced offensive attack with five players averaging double-digit scoring. The Lady Bears were led by All-American and All-Big 12 performers Tisdale and Rachel Allison.

Mulkey's ninth season along the sideline was highlighted by another trip to the NCAA's Sweet 16 and a Big 12 Conference Tournament title. Despite the loss of junior post Danielle Wilson, the team's top scorer and rebounder, to a late-season knee injury, the Lady Bears posted a 29-6 record, a final Associated Press ranking of No. 5 and a 12-4 Big 12 record, good for second place.

Entering the 2009-10 season with just one senior and one returning starter, Mulkey was tasked with molding a cohesive unit out of a roster filled with nine underclassmen, including five freshmen. By season's end, that's exactly what she had accomplished. The Lady Bears advanced through the NCAA Tournament to the Final Four in San Antonio before losing to the eventual NCAA champion and undefeated Connecticut Huskies. The Lady Bears ended the season with a 27-10 record and were ranked No. 14 by the AP and No. 4 in the final coaches poll. Freshman sensation Griner garnered several postseason awards including national and Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, AP All-American (second team), first-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Griner set an NCAA single-season block record with 223 rejections and BU led the nation in blocks per game.

After a Final Four appearance and the loss of only one player, expectations were high for the 2010-11 squad. Despite a couple of early setbacks, the loss of two returning starters, and a late season injury to Melissa Jones, the Lady Bears persevered. In spite of the adversity, the Lady Bears posted a 34-3 record, advanced to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight, swept both the Big 12 regular season and postseason tournament titles for the second time in program history and were ranked No. 1 nationally for a school record seven weeks. Griner was named to every All-American team and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy and Wooden and Naismith Awards. Freshman Odyssey Sims was the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and earned the same honor from the Big 12. In addition, Mulkey was the USBWA's National Coach of the Year and received Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

The 2011-12 Lady Bear season was as perfect as it could be. En route to claiming its second NCAA crown in seven years, Baylor ran the table, posting an unprecedented 40-0 mark and won both Big 12 Conference crowns. In addition, BU swept both national and league Player and Coach of the Year honors as Griner was the consensus national player of the year while Mulkey earned national coach of the year honors. Baylor was ranked No. 1 from wire-to-wire in both polls and raced through conference play with a Big 12-record 18-0 mark. Griner and Sims were named consensus All-Americans while Destiny Williams was a WBCA All-America honorable mention. Griner and Sims were both named to the All-Big 12 first team and the league's All-Defensive team and Williams was a second team selection while Kimetria Hayden was a honorable mention pick.

After winning its third straight Big 12 regular-season and tournament crowns, Baylor's 2012-13 squad fell short of NCAA Tournament expectations, bowing out of the tourney in the Sweet 16. Griner was again the consensus national player of the year and she and Sims were named consensus All-Americans. Griner and Sims were both named to the All-Big 12 first team and the league's All-Defensive team while Mulkey again snagged Coach of the Year honors.

The 2013-14 campaign saw the Lady Bears again advancing to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight and winning their fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament crowns. Sims, who averaged 28.5 ppg, was the recipient of the Wade Trophy and was the Big 12's player and defensive player of the year.

Mulkey, a 2000 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, came to Baylor from Louisiana Tech where she spent 19 years as either a student-athlete or coach in the legendary Lady Techster program. During her tenure in Ruston, Mulkey was associated with 11 Final Four squads and three national championship teams. She has either played or coached in the national championship game on eight occasions.

Over her 15-year stint as an assistant and associate head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech posted a 430-68 (.864) record and advanced to seven Final Fours. Mulkey held the title of associate head coach for her final four seasons. Her responsibilities at Tech included coordinating recruiting, tutoring Lady Techster guards, overseeing the players' academic progress and running the summer camps. Because of her diligence, no Lady Techster was ever declared academically ineligible.

As a player, Mulkey led the Lady Techsters to a 130-6 (.956) 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 both the 1984 Olympics and the 1983 Pan American Games.

Mulkey averaged 6.38 assists and 1.56 steals per game and currently 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 as a business major. In recognition of her success in the classroom and on the basketball court, Mulkey was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame in June 2003.

Her athletic career began at an early age. Mulkey, a native of Hammond, La., played Dixie Youth baseball as a 12 year old as well as two years of Pony League baseball and made the all-star team two of the three years. At Hammond High School, she led the basketball team to four-straight state championships, posted a 136-5 record and finished her career with a then-national record 4,075 points. She earned all-district, all-state and All-America honors each of her four years at Hammond High. She also graduated as her class' valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Mulkey has a street named after her in her hometown of Tickfaw, La.

Mulkey is a member of the National High School Hall of Fame, the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was the lone female named among the Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century and was listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 sports figures of Louisiana for the 20th century. In June of 2000, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame located in Knoxville, Tenn. Additionally, Mulkey was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007 and entered the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

In her highly successful rookie season as a head coach, Mulkey was named National Coach of the Year by Real Sport magazine and honored by the Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald as Big 12 Coach of the Year. She added Big 12 Coach of the Year honors and the prestigious Winged Foot Award to her resume in 2005, then was named 2011 Big 12 Coach of the Year and USBWA National Coach of the Year. In 2012, Mulkey swept national coach of the year honors, claimed the Winged Foot Award and was tabbed the Big 12's top coach. In addition, Mulkey is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Born May 17, 1962, in Santa Ana, Calif., Mulkey has two children, daughter Makenzie (23) and son Kramer (20).

Makenzie, a 2013 Baylor graduate completed a four-year basketball career, posting a 140-10 record and was a part of eight Big 12 titles; four regular season crowns and four tournament championships. She went to two NCAA Championship Elite Eights in basketball and helped BU claim the 2012 NCAA basketball national title. Makenzie played softball as a freshman and that season the Lady Bears advanced to the Women's College World Series. She is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree was named to both Baylor's Dean's List and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll numerous times. Makenzie is currently pursuing a master's degree in business at Baylor.

Kramer is a sophomore at LSU where he plays baseball. As a freshman he appeared in 47 games, earning the starting nod in 30 contests, mainly at second base. Kramer enjoyed a stellar athletic career at Midway High School as a three-sport standout, playing football, basketball and baseball. As a four-year varsity starter in baseball, where he played shortstop, he was a three-time first-team all-state selection and MaxPreps All-American has also earned Waco Tribune Herald Super Centex recognition four times. A three-year starter at quarterback for Midway, he led the Panthers to the 2011 Class 4A title game and also played point guard on the basketball team.

Mulkey's autobiography, "Won't Back Down" with Peter May, a retired Boston Globe senior sportswriter, appeared in bookstores Nov. 5, 2007, and the paperback edition became available Sept. 8, 2008.

THE KIM MULKEY FILE

PERSONAL

Born: May 17, 1962
Hometown:
Hammond, La.
Children:
daughter Makenzie, 23; son Kramer, 20

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2000-Present: Head Coach at Baylor University
1996-2000: Associate Head Coach at Louisiana Tech
1985-1996: Assistant Coach at Louisiana Tech

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1976-80: Four-year letterwinner at Hammond HS in Hammond, La.
1980-84: Four-year letterwinner at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.
EDUCATION
High School: Hammond High School, Hammond, La.
College: Bachelor, Louisiana Tech University (1984)

NAMED BAYLOR'S HEAD COACH
April 4, 2000

Coaching Experience

Year School Position Record Postseason
2013-14 Baylor Head Coach 32-5 NCAA Elite Eight
2012-13 Baylor Head Coach 34-2 NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12 Baylor Head Coach 40-0 NCAA National Champions
2010-11 Baylor Head Coach 34-3 NCAA Elite Eight
2009-10 Baylor Head Coach 27-10 NCAA Final Four
2008-09 Baylor Head Coach 29-6 NCAA Sweet 16
2007-08 Baylor Head Coach 25-7 NCAA Second Round
2006-07 Baylor Head Coach 26-8 NCAA Second Round
2005-06 Baylor Head Coach 26-7 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
404-86 (.825)

Player

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:
(14 years) 404-86 (.825)

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

1981

  • Won Gold medal for South Team at Olympic Festival (Syracuse, NY)
  • Won AIAW National Championship

1982

  • Member of USA Basketball Select Team
  • Won NCAA National Championship.

1983

  • Won gold medal at Pan Am Games in Caracus, Venezuela.
  • Academic All-American

1984

  • 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

1985

  • Inducted into National High School Hall of Fame

1986

  • Inducted into Louisiana High School Hall of Fame

1990

  • Inducted into Louisiana Sports Writers Hall of Fame

1992

  • Inducted into Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame

1999

  • Lone female named among Louisiana Sports Writers top 25 athletes of the 20th century
  • 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

2000

  • Named Baylor's fourth head coach
  • Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

2001

  • 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

2002

  • Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Senior College Coach of the Year

2003

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

2004

  • Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Senior College Coach of the Year

2005

  • Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • Winged Foot Award
  • Dallas All Sports Association College Coach of the Year
  • Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Senior College Coach of the Year
  • Baylor Staff Memeber of the Year (Student Government Association)

2007

  • Inducted into Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame

2010

  • Inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame

2011

  • Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • USBWA National Coach of the Year

2012

  • Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • Winged Foot Award
  • AP National Coach of the Year
  • USBWA National Coach of the Year
  • Naismith National Coach of the Year
  • Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year

2013

  • Big 12 Coach of the Year
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