After 21 years as the Baylor Women’s Basketball head coach, Kim Mulkey is trading green and gold for purple and gold as today she was named head coach of the LSU Women’s Basketball team. Before Mulkey took over in 2000, the Lady Bears hadn’t ever reached the NCAA tournament and since then, they’ve only missed March Madness play once. Baylor WBB who won NCAA Championships 2005, 2012, and 2019 is only the third program in NCAA history to have at least three national titles, joining the ranks of UConn and Tennessee. She is the only person in NCAA women’s basketball history to win national championships as both a player (at Louisiana Tech) and a coach. Under Mulkey’s lead, the Lady Bears have accumulated 23 combined regular season and tournament conference titles and 3 national championships.
In a press release about Mulkey’s departure, Baylor Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said, “We are grateful for the more than two decades Kim Mulkey poured into building Baylor women’s basketball to one of the nation’s premier programs. Coach Mulkey’s sustained success is one of the most remarkable runs in college basketball history, and her accomplishments are worthy of the Naismith Hall of Fame induction she’ll experience later this year. As we wish Coach Mulkey the best in a return to her home state, we celebrate her numerous accomplishments. Under Coach Mulkey’s leadership, Baylor women’s basketball has won every Big 12 Conference regular-season title since 2011 and added 11 Big 12 tournament titles, bringing home 23 Big 12 trophies during her 21-year career. The 2005 NCAA Championship showed the world Baylor could compete at the highest level nationally, and she added two more national championships in 2012 and 2019, placing Baylor alongside UConn, Tennessee and Stanford as the only programs to win three national titles. She did all of this while achieving a 100 percent graduation rate among student-athletes who started and finished their collegiate careers at Baylor. We have launched a national search for our next head coach, and we will not make any comments on prospective candidates or where we are in the process until we are ready to introduce the next Baylor Women’s Basketball head coach.”