SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Baylor's legendary women's basketball coach has received basketball's highest honor.
Saturday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame formally announced its 2020 induction class which includes Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey.
Mulkey just finished her 20th season guiding the Lady Bears, with a 604-101 overall record and three national championships (2005, 2012, 2019). She is the fastest coach to ever reach 600 wins and inducted as a coach, despite having been nominated multiple times as both a player and coach.
She's made 19 NCAA Tournaments with the Lady Bears, making the WNIT Finals in the lone season out of the big dance in 2002-03.
Mulkey is joined by: late Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, former San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, former Oklahoma State/Arkansas/Kentucky men's coach Eddie Sutton, Houston Rocket great Rudy Tomjanovich, legendary women's coach Barbara Stevens, former FIBA executive and IOC member Patruck Baumann, WNBA champion Tamika Catchings and former Timberwolves and Celtics star Kevin Garnett.
Mulkey also won two national championships as a player at Louisiana Tech (AIAW in 1981, inaugural NCAA title in 1982). She remains the only person to win a collegiate national championship as a player, assistant coach (1988) and head coach.
Saturday afternoon, in a time where they can't all be together, Mulkey's coaching staff and fans paraded in front of her home to celebrate.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Massachusetts and the enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for August 28th.