Kim Mulkey is an American college basketball coach and former player. She is the head coach for Louisiana State University’s women’s basketball team. She has won four NCAA championships as a head coach and two as a player. Kim Mulkey is also a gold medalist in the Pan-American and Olympic games. She is one of the most successful and influential figures in women’s basketball history.
Early Life and Education
Kim Mulkey was born on May 17, 1962, in Santa Ana, California. She is the daughter of Dru and Les Mulkey, who were both medical assistants. Kim Mulkey has a younger sister named Tammy. She grew up playing basketball with boys and led her Hammond High School team to four consecutive state championships. She also graduated as her class’s valedictorian.
Mulkey attended Louisiana Tech University, where she played as a point guard for the Lady Techsters. As a player, she took home two national titles: the AIAW title in 1981 and the first NCAA Championship in 1982. Kim Mulkey also won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in 1984 as the nation’s top senior player under 5’6″. She graduated with a degree in business administration and was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic Hall of Fame.
Kim Mulkey Net Worth
According to various online sources, Kim Mulkey net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $12 million as of 2023. Her salary as LSU’s head coach is reportedly $2.5 million per year.
Mulkey represented the United States in several international competitions. She won the gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. She also won the gold medal at the 1983 FIBA World Championship for Women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 1984 Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.
Mulkey did not pursue a professional playing career after graduating from college. Instead, she joined her alma mater as an assistant coach under Leon Barmore.
Mulkey spent 15 years as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech, helping the Lady Techsters win another NCAA title in 1988 and reach seven Final Fours. She received a promotion to associate head coach in 1996.
In 2000, Mulkey became the head coach of Baylor University’s women’s basketball team. She turned the program around from a losing record to a national powerhouse. She led the Lady Bears to four NCAA titles in 2005, 2012, 2019, and 2023. The 2012 team was the first in NCAA history to finish with a perfect 40-0 record. Mulkey also won several individual awards, including three AP College Basketball Coach of the Year awards, three USBWA National Coach of the Year awards, two WBCA National Coach of the Year awards, and seven Big 12 Coach of the Year awards.
In 2021, Mulkey left Baylor to become the head coach of LSU’s women’s basketball team. She said she made the decision to return to her home state of Louisiana and be closer to her family.
Age And Height
Kim Mulkey is 61 years old as of 2023. She was born on May 17, 1962, in Santa Ana, California.
Her height is 5 feet 4 inches or 1.63 meters.
Mulkey was married to Randy Robertson, a former quarterback at Louisiana Tech, from 1987 to 2006. They have two children: Kramer Robertson, who is a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and Makenzie Fuller, who is an assistant coach for LSU’s women’s basketball team. Mulkey also has two grandchildren: Kannon Reid Fuller and Scout Marie Fuller.
Mulkey is currently engaged to Jon Petersen, a former baseball pitcher who played for LSU and in the minor leagues.