WACO, Texas - Women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey was one of six inductees into the 2014 Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. Mulkey joined Alton "Red" Franklin, A.L. Williams, Ralph "Road Runner" Garr, Billy Jack Talton and O.K. "Buddy" Davis as honorees.
The group was recognized for their success in various athletic endeavors in a ceremony took that place on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, La.
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 and ranks No. 2 among the winningest active Division I head coaches (.825) and No. 4 all-time by percentage. 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.
In just 14 years at Baylor, 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 wins and undefeated record in 2011-12. 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.
In winning the 2005 title, Mulkey became the first person, man or woman, to win a basketball national championship as a player, 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.
Mulkey 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. 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.
After her acceptance speech, Mulkey announced a sizeable donation toward a fund to have something on the Louisiana Tech campus named after Barmore, her former coach and mentor.
Barmore was Mulkey's coach during her four years as a player at Louisiana Tech and she was an assistant and associate head coach under him for 15 seasons. The roles were reversed when Barmore joined Mulkey at Baylor for a three-year stint as assistant coach (2009-11).
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