Kim Mukley, currently the head coach of the Baylor Lady Bears, is a Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Candidate.
For the third consecutive year, the former Louisiana Tech guard is a nominee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Significantly, Mulkey is a nominee as a player and a coach this year. A year ago, Mulkey was a finalist as a coach.
The finalists for the Hall of Fame will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend. The 2019 Hall of Fame class will be introduced during the Men’s NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.
Kim Mulkey is the only person to win an NCAA national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She is also joins Dean Smith and Bobby Knight as the only people win a national championship as a player and a head coach.
Since being named head coach at Baylor, Mulkey has been able to accomplish numerous feats:
- 2x NCAA National Champion
- 7 trips to the Elite Eight, 3 trips to the Final Four
- Career record of 539-98
- 8 Big 12 regular season championships
- 8 Big 12 Tournament championships
- 6x Big 12 Coach of the Year
- 2x USBWA Coach of the Year
- 2012 AP Coach of the Year
Not only is she well-versed as a head coach, but also Mulkey was a dynamite basketball player at Louisiana Tech.
While playing as a Lady Techster, the 5-foot-4 guard was an All-American at the university. She was able to help lead Louisiana Tech to two national champions – The AIAW championship in 1981 and the inaugural NCAA championship in 1982.
Furthermore, Mulkey was the first winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in 1984. That award was given to the nation’s top college senior under 5-foot-6.
Without delay, Mulkey would then go on and compete internationally for Team USA in international competition. Mulkey was able to win gold medals at the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games and the Jones Cup.
All things considered, Kim Mulkey has indeed earned the validation of being a Hall of Famer. We will have to wait until the weekend of February 15-17 to find out if she becomes a finalist.
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