Kim Mulkey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kim Mulkey
Kim Mulkey in 2006.jpg
Mulkey in a post-game interview in 2006
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Baylor
Conference Big 12
Record 406–89 (.821)
Biographical details
Born (1962-05-17) May 17, 1962 (age 52)
Santa Ana, California
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University
Playing career
1980–1984 Louisiana Tech
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1996
1996–2000
2000–present
Louisiana Tech (asst.)
Louisiana Tech (assoc. HC)
Baylor
Head coaching record
Overall 406–89 (.821)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As a player:
AIAW Division I Tournament Championship (1981)
NCAA Division I Tournament Championship (1982)
Olympic Games (1984 Gold Medal)
As an assistant coach:
NCAA Division I Tournament Championship (1988)
As a head coach:
NCAA Division I Tournament Championship (2005, 2012)
Big 12 Regular Season Championship (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Big 12 Tournament Championship (2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Awards
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (1984)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013)
USBWA National Coach of the Year (2011, 2012)
Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame (1992)

Kimberly Duane Mulkey (born May 17, 1962) is the head women's basketball coach at Baylor University. She is the first person in NCAA history to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.[1]

Youth[edit]

Kim Mulkey was one of the first girls in the USA to play organized baseball with boys. After playing basketball at Nesom Junior High School[2] in Tickfaw, Louisiana, she led her Hammond High School basketball team to four consecutive state championships. As high school valedictorian, she posted a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Louisiana Tech[edit]

The 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Mulkey was an All-American point guard at Louisiana Tech University, winning two national championships as a player—the AIAW title in 1981 and the inaugural NCAA title in 1982—and in 1984 was the inaugural winner of the women's version of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the nation's top college senior under 5'6"/1.68 m (the height limit was later raised to 5'8"/1.73 m).[3] She became an assistant at Tech in 1985 and was promoted to associate head coach in 1996. During her 15-year tenure as assistant and associate head coach under Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech posted a 430-68 record and advanced to seven Final Fours. Mulkey and the Lady Techsters won the 1988 NCAA Championship.

USA Basketball[edit]

Mulkey was selected to be a member of the team representing the USA at the 1983 Pan American Games held in Caracas, Venezuela. The team won all five games to earn the gold medal for the event. Mulkey averaged 2.4 points per game.[4]

Mulkey played for the USA National team in the 1983 World Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team won six games, but lost two against the Soviet Union. In an opening round game, the USA team had a nine point lead at halftime, but the Soviets came back to take the lead, and a final shot by the USA failed to drop,leaving the USSR team with a one point victory 85–84. The USA team won their next four games, setting up the gold medal game against USSR. This game was also close, and was tied at 82 points each with six seconds to go in the game. The Soviets Elena Chausova received the inbounds pass and hit the game winning shot in the final seconds, giving the USSR team the gold medal with a score of 84–82. The USA team earned the silver medal. Mulkey averaged 3.1 points per game.[5]

In 1984, the USA sent its National team to the 1984 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan, for pre-Olympic practice. The team easily beat each of the eight teams they played, winning by an average of just under 50 points per game. Mulkey averaged 6.8 points per game.[6]

She continued with the national team to represent the USA at the 1984 Olympics. The team won all six games to claim the gold medal. Mulkey averaged 5.3 points per game.[7]

Baylor head coach[edit]

In 2000, Mulkey took over a Baylor program that had finished the 1999–2000 season 7–20 and last in the Big 12 Conference. In her first season at Baylor, she led the Lady Bears program to its first NCAA tournament bid. The Lady Bears have gone to postseason play every year since Mulkey's arrival, including all 12 of the program's NCAA Tournament appearances. They have won 20 games every year, and only once has the team lost more than 10 games in a season. The rise of the Baylor program under Mulkey was capped off in 2005 with a national title. This made her the first woman to have won NCAA Division I basketball titles as a player and a head coach, and only the fourth person (after Joe B. Hall, Bob Knight and Dean Smith).

Since the inception of the NCAA women's tournament in 1982, Mulkey has been involved in that tournament as a player or coach every year except 1985 and 2003. She was enshrined in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 for her accomplishments as a player.[8]

Mulkey in 2007 signed a 10-year extension to remain Baylor's coach. Her autobiography is called Won't Back Down: Teams, Dreams and Family.

In 2012, Mulkey made NCAA history by leading the Lady Bears to a perfect 40-0 season, the most wins in college basketball history, men or women. The season culminated at the NCAA Championship game in Denver, where the Lady Bears defeated Notre Dame.

Mulkey is well known for her "bold" sense of fashion. She once wore a snakeskin print to a game against Connecticut; her wardrobe choices have triggered pages of discussion on fan message boards.[9]

Personal life[edit]

From the 1990s until her 2006 divorce she was known as Kim Mulkey-Robertson. She spent her childhood in Tickfaw, Louisiana. She has two children: son Kramer, who plays baseball at Louisiana State University and daughter Makenzie, who plays both basketball and softball for Baylor.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Baylor Lady Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2000–present)
2000–01 Baylor 21–9 9–9 6th NCAA First Round
2001–02 Baylor 27–6 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Baylor 24–11 8–8 7th WNIT Runner-up
2003–04 Baylor 26–9 10–6 T–4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Baylor 33–3 14–2 1st NCAA Champions
2005–06 Baylor 26–7 12–4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–07 Baylor 26–8 11–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Baylor 25–7 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2008–09 Baylor 29–6 12–4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Baylor 27–10 9–7 6th NCAA Final Four
2010–11 Baylor 34–3 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2011–12 Baylor 40–0 18–0 1st NCAA Champions
2012–13 Baylor 34–2 18–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013–14 Baylor 32–5 16–2 T-1st NCAA Elite Eight
Baylor: 404–86 176–56
Total: 404–86 (.824)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source:[10][11]


Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012—Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lady Bears Take on N.C. State in NCAA Action". 
  2. ^ The Village of Tickfaw later named the street along the east side of the schoolground Kim Mulkey Drive in her honor.
  3. ^ "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  4. ^ "NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "NINTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 Apr 2014. 
  6. ^ "1984 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  7. ^ "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  8. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  9. ^ LONGMAN, JERÉ (March 31, 2012). "The Fire and the Glow". New York Times. Retrieved 20 Apr 2013. 
  10. ^ Player Bio: Kim Mulkey :: Women's Basketball
  11. ^ "Big 12 Record Book" (Press release). Big 12 Sports. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 

External links[edit]