Mulkey in a post-game interview in 2006
May 17, 1962 |
Santa Ana, California
|Alma mater||Louisiana Tech University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Louisiana Tech (asst.)
Louisiana Tech (assoc. HC)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
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)
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (1984)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013)
USBWA National Coach of the Year (2011, 2012)
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.
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 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.
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). She was also a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. 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.
Baylor head coach
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.
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.
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: her son Kramer and her daughter Makenzie, who plays both basketball and softball for Baylor.
Head coaching record
|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|
|2003–04||Baylor||26–9||10–6||T–4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|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|
|2012–13||Baylor||32–1||18–0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
- "Lady Bears Take on N.C. State in NCAA Action".
- The Village of Tickfaw later named the street along the east side of the schoolground Kim Mulkey Drive in her honor.
- "The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". WBCA. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
- "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- LONGMAN, JERÉ (March 31, 2012). "The Fire and the Glow". New York Times. Retrieved 20 Apr 2013.
- Player Bio: Kim Mulkey :: Women's Basketball
- "Big 12 Record Book" (Press release). Big 12 Sports. Retrieved 2008-02-10.