Mulkey nets AP Coach of the Year award for third time

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Hammond-area native Kim Mulkey, a standout guard for Louisiana Tech’s greatest Lady Techster teams in the early 1980s, was rewarded for restoring the roar to the LSU women’s basketball program after she left Baylor.


When she took the LSU women’s basketball job almost a year ago, departing Baylor coach Kim Mulkey asked LSU fans to be patient as she took over a program that had only nine wins in 2020-21.

Then she went out and over-delivered. Massively.

The former Louisiana Tech point guard, who helped her teams in Ruston win national titles in 1981 and 1982 during a stretch of four consecutive Final Four appearances with the “Hammond Honey” triggering the Techsters, guided her first LSU team to 26 wins, second in the stout Southeastern Conference, an NCAA Tournament win, and immediate top-shelf status in the sport.

For all that, Mulkey collected her third career Associated Press Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year trophy Thursday in Minneapolis. Mulkey is the only coach to have earned it with two different programs, thanks to her astounding track record with the Bears.

“I can’t name all the things that the team did this year but it was unbelievable,” Mulkey said. “We were not supposed to do what we did in a year. That’s hard to do.”

She told media covering the Women’s Final Four that the bulk of the credit goes to her players and staff.

“This award is not about me. It’s about the people around me. It’s about a group of young ladies that I inherited. It’s about a group of young ladies that believed in me.

“It’s about a group of young ladies that stayed there and allowed me to coach them. This is their award. Because coaches are only as good as their players. All coaches do is tweak a few things, make a few adjustments, motivate, and lead. We are nothing without players.”

Photo by GUS STARK, LSU Athletics



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