Baylor coach Kim Mulkey becomes fastest coach to 600 wins

By John Hamilton

Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey reached 600 wins after topping Texas Tech 77-62 in Lubbock on Tuesday night.

With the win, Mulkey became the fastest coach in college basketball history – men's or women's – to reach the 600-win plateau. Mulkey reached the mark after just 700 games, breaking the record held by legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp in 1959. 

“Coaches are only as good as their players, that’s the God’s truth,” Mulkey said. “I can draw up every play in America. I can be the smartest coach in the world. But, if you don’t have players, and they don’t go out there and perform, you don’t win basketball games.

“Those 600 victories, coming as quickly as they did, it’s because of those kids. Secondly, it’s because of the coaching staff...I’ve got three of them that have been with me since I’ve been at Baylor, with the exception of a couple years. That’s unheard of now. And thirdly, I’m getting old. I’m just getting old, but I still have a lot of fight left."

On the women's side, Mulkey beat UConn coach Geno Auriemma (716 games) and former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (734 games) to 600 wins. Next up on the list are North Carolina coach Roy Williams (739 games), former UCLA coach John Wooden (755 games) and former North Carolina coach Dean Smith (773). 

Mulkey has turned Baylor into one of the top programs in women's basketball since joining the program as head coach in 2000. The Lady Bears won their third national championship under Mulkey's watch in 2019. The win made Mulkey just the third women's coach in the NCAA era with three championships. 

The Lady Bears are ranked No. 2 in the nation and projected to be a 1-seed heading into the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Baylor will be a favorite to get back to the national championship game for the second year in a row. The Lady Bears have not lost with All-American post Lauren Cox in the lineup. 

Mulkey was also named a finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020. The Class of 2020 will be officially unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in April. 

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