Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Mulkey becomes just the 11th female coach to make the Hall of Fame.
Mulkey ranks as one of the greatest personalities in the history of women's basketball. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. She won two national championships (one AIAW and the first ever NCAA women's title) and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
However, her election to the Basketball HOF this year has more to do with her incredible success as a head coach. With an 82-81 win over Notre Dame to win the 2019 national title, Mulkey became just the third women's basketball coach with three championships, joining Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma. She also won titles in 2005 and 2012.
Mulkey is the first person – man or woman – to win national championships as a player, an assistant coach (1988 with Louisiana Tech) and a head coach. She has a 604-100 record as a head coach; before the 2020 season was suspended, Baylor was projected to get back to the national championship game.
Mulkey joins the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of a special class. NBA legends Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and the late Kobe Bryant will all be inducted. The three players combine for 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons. Other honorees include...
Typically, the announcement would be made during the men's Final Four, which were set to be held in Atlanta. However, complications from COVID-19 pushed the reveal to ESPN's studios.