After coaching Baylor to three national championships, Mulkey returned home to coach LSU. She had just led the Tigers to their first championship – just two seasons after returning to her native Louisiana. Back in 1982, Kim Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to its first NCAA championship. Witnessing Mulkey’s standout moments as a player in the inaugural NCAA championship highlights how exceptional she was.

In 1982, Kim Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to its first-ever NCAA Championship.

After coaching Baylor to three national titles, Mulkey returned to her home state to coach LSU.

She just led the Tigers to their first-ever title — just two seasons after coming home to Louisiana.

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Who is Kim Mulkey? 5 things to know about new LSU coach, from Techsters to street signs

The LSU women’s basketball program has a new coach, but her name is familiar.

Quite familiar.

Legendary Baylor head coach and Louisiana native Kim Mulkey will depart her longtime post in Waco, Texas, and take over the Tigers after the departure of Nikki Fargas.

The school formally announced the hire Sunday afternoon with the words: “Welcome home.”

Mulkey is no stranger to Louisiana despite more than two decades coaching across the border. Here are five things to know about Mulkey as LSU prepares for a new coaching era.


Kim Mulkey won two national titles with Louisiana Tech in the early 1980s.

Kim Mulkey was born in California, but her game grew up in Louisiana. The basketball legend was raised in Tickfaw and starred at nearby Hammond High School, where she helped lead the program to four consecutive state championships and graduated as valedictorian.

In 1980 Mulkey, now 58, began her college playing career at Louisiana Tech. Success came early and often, finishing off her four years with a record of 130-6. The Lady Techsters won the AIAW championship in her freshman year, and the inaugural NCAA tournament a year later.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey during a game against Mississippi 2013.

Mulkey later coached at Louisiana Tech for 15 seasons, beginning as an assistant before becoming associate head coach under Leon Barmore.

Tech went 403-63 during that span, winning another national championship and reaching the Final Four seven times.


B12 Championship Basketball

Makenzie Robertson (left) and her mother Kim Mulkey stand atop the ladder after cutting down a link of the net after winning the Big 12 Conference tournament in 2013.

Mulkey’s head coaching career began at Baylor in 2000, and the wins kept piling up. Under Mulkey, the Bears have qualified for the NCAA tournament in all but one season (not counting the 2020 tournament, which was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic), and they have reached the Elite Eight or better nine times.

Baylor has won the NCAA tournament three times during that span, the first coming in the 2004-05 season. The Bears’ second title came along with a perfect 40-0 record in the 2011-12 season, and their most recent came in the 2018-19 season with a 37-1 mark.

Mulkey’s 632 wins as a head coach rank 59th in NCAA women’s basketball history, but other records better illustrate just how dominant that run truly was. With just 104 losses in that span, her career winning percentage of .859 is second only to UConn’s Geno Auriemma among those ahead of her on the list.

In 2020, Mulkey became the fastest-ever NCAA coach (men or women) to reach 600 wins. She hit that mark in her 700th game, 16 faster than Auriemma and four games faster than Adolph Rupp, who holds that record on the men’s side.

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Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey shouts to her team in the first half against West Virginia in 2017.

Mulkey’s career is far from over, but it will be immortalized regardless of what happens from here. Mulkey was part of the nine-member class inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020, and Mulkey remains the only person in NCAA history to win national championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Other members of that class included the late Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.


Kim Mulkey Drive

Kim Mulkey’s drive has led her to success, but Kim Mulkey Drive is an address.

Yes, the Village of Tickfaw named a street in her honor upon her return from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where she helped lead Team USA to a gold medal.

“I even remember cutting a ribbon at the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant, with Ronald McDonald standing next to me — a child’s dream come true,” Mulkey shared in her biography.

If you were wondering, the speed limit on Kim Mulkey Drive is 15 mph.


Kim & Kramer

LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson (3) hugs his mom, Kim Mulkey, as the Tigers arrive before Game 2 of the 2017 College World Series against Florida State in Omaha, Neb.

If you turned on a broadcast of LSU baseball from 2014-17, there was a good chance you at least heard Kim Mulkey’s name. You might have even seen her sitting in the stands.

That’s because her son, Kramer Robertson, was a star shortstop for the Tigers during that span, helping lead LSU to the 2017 College World Series. Robertson was drafted in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals and is currently in their minor league system.

After the announcement that his mother had been hired at his alma mater, Robertson revealed a struggle he’d faced.

“Hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep in my life…,” he posted to Twitter, along with a “GEAUX TIGERS!!!”

Kramer’s older sister, Makenzie Fuller, was also a star athlete and played softball and basketball at Baylor from 2010-14. She spent the past five years as a member of the Baylor coaching staff alongside her mother.

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