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Mulkey named WBCA Coach of the Year

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 23:55:07-04

WACO, TX  — Baylor women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey, coach of the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, earned her sixth career National Coach of the Year Award Tuesday when the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honored her for the second time in her career.

Mulkey has the Lady Bears on the nation’s longest winning streak at 24 games and headed to Baylor’s 11th-straight NCAA Sweet 16 Saturday and 14th appearance overall.

At 33-1 in 2018-19, Mulkey continues to blaze one of the most dominant trails in women’s college basketball since the 2010-11 season. Baylor’s .930 winning percentage (308-23) in that span is second only to UConn, and Mulkey coached the Lady Bears to their 10th regular season and 10th Big 12 Tournament championship this season.

Baylor is 8-1 thus far vs. the AP Top 25 in 2018-19, including a key win over No. 1 UConn Jan. 3. Mulkey and the Lady Bears took over the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll Jan. 28 and have remained there since.

Mulkey’s Lady Bears are 572-99 since her arrival in Waco for the 2000-01 season. She’s compiled 20 Big 12 Championships, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances (16-straight), and Tuesday’s WBCA award marks the second time her peers have recognized her as the nation’s top coach after she won her first in 2012.

The United States Basketball Writer’s Association tabbed Mulkey as Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, the Associated Press recognized Mulkey as Coach of the Year in 2012 as did the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mulkey is second among active NCAA coaches in career winning percentage (.852) and third all-time.