Baylor Loses Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey

Kim Mulkey, the Baylor Women’s Basketball coach since 2000, is headed for LSU.

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The Ferrell Center, where Baylor men and women have played basketball since 1988

By Nathan Plunk, Copy Editor

After their NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship victory over Gonzaga, Baylor was living their best life. However, that all came crashing down when their Women’s Basketball head coach announced her move to LSU in the coming season. Despite coaching Baylor to three National Championship victories, Kim Mulkey states she’s ready to head home, to Louisiana.

The Lady Bears finished the 2020-2021 season 28-3 (16-1 conference). Making it all the way to the NCAA Elite Eight, they fell short of their 4th Championship title by losing to UConn – 67 to 69 – in a controversial ending. Though cutting their National Champion bid short, they still finished first in the Big 12 – something they’ve accomplished every year since the 2010-2011 season. However, despite their success, Mulkey has decided to coach at LSU.

Nikki Fargas, who was the LSU coach since the 2011-2012 season, stepped down several days earlier, claiming to look for a new career outside of coaching. However, LSU hasn’t been doing so hot in women’s basketball, so it will definitely be interesting to see whether Mulkey can make a difference. Ending last season (9-13) the tigers finished sub .500 – on top of that, they haven’t made an Elite Eight game since Fargas started coaching there.

Although Baylor fans are sure to be disappointed, many have already wished her well off. Not only that, but it’s clear that Mulkey is happy to be headed to LSU, claiming Louisiana is where her heart is. Baylor hasn’t made an announcement as to who their next coach will be, but all eyes will certainly be upon them to see if they can keep up their outstanding playstyle.