May 11, 2012
NEW YORK - At a gala event on Tuesday evening, May 8, Kim Mulkey, the Baylor University head women's basketball coach, and John Calilpari, head men's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, were presented with the New York Athletic Club's "Winged Foot Award."
The Award was established in 1996 by the NYAC and is presented annually to the winning coaches of the men's and women's NCAA Division I Basketball Tournaments. In addition, the NYAC presented its sixth Winged Foot Legend's Award to Ray Lumpp for his contributions to the game of basketball and his 50 years of service as Athletic Director at the New York Athletic Club.
The function, hosted at the NYAC's City House in mid-town Manhattan, saw close to 300 people in attendance, including dignitaries and alumni from both schools. The evening featured a reception, dinner, speeches and the presentation of the Awards. Celebrated sportscaster, Billy Packer, MC'd the ceremonies, as he has done since the Award's inception.
Coach Mulkey's Baylor team went 40-0 in the 2011-12 season, the first NCAA Division I team to do so in men's or women's basketball. Her 2012 National Championship comes after winning in 2005 as well. With just 12 seasons as a head coach behind her, Mulkey attained 300 career victories and ranks fourth among active Division I head coaches and fifth all-time by percentage (.811). Of the three active coaches ranked ahead of her, Mulkey reached 300 wins the fastest. Her career record (all at Baylor) is 338-79. As a player, Mulkey won the NCAA Championship in 1982 and was an Olympic gold medalist on the 1984 team. She was coached by the legendary, Pat Summitt, and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Coach Calipari is the only coach to have directed three different schools to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, those being UMass, Memphis and Kentucky. Since beginning as head coach at the University of Kentucky in 2009, Calipari has not lost a single game in Rupp Arena, the current tally being 51 in a row. Coach Cal has 18 seasons with 20 wins and eight seasons with 30 wins. He has been named National Coach of the Year three times and SEC Coach of the Year twice including this year.
Ray Lumpp became the newest Winged Foot Award Legend, joining some the greatest names in basketball history. Lumpp played for the gold medal winning U.S. team at the London Olympics in 1948. He was the No. 1 draft pick for the N.B.A. Indianapolis Jets that year and led the team in scoring through 37 games, when he was traded to the Knicks. Ray will be a part of the USA Basketball contingent going to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lumpp is the Athletic Director Emeritus at the NYAC, where he served for 50 years.
"Kim Mulkey and John Calipari represent the highest level of achievement in college basketball" stated James W. O'Brien, Chairman of the Winged Foot Award Committee. "This is only accomplished through their great efforts and vision shown through their coaching methods."