Juan’s World: Welcoming Home a Legend

Kim Mulkey Named LSU Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Juan’s World: Welcoming Home a Legend
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey gestures in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (Source: Sue Ogrocki)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Welcome into Juan’s World. I’m motivated to write this because of what one of my colleagues said earlier today.

He called Kim Mulkey going back to coach LSUs Women’s basketball team, the ‘greatest coaching hire in LSU’s history.’

Naturally, that declaration made me pause. But, as I began to think about the coaches that arrived on LSU’s campus before Mulkey, I find myself nodding in agreement that Mulkey is the best. And it’s not even close.

The Tickfaw native Mulkey comes back to Louisiana as one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the game. She’s won six national titles as a coach and player. That alone puts her in rarified air at LSU. The Lady Tigers have never won a national title, although they got to the final four, four straight times in the early 2000′s.

But, it’s the hiring history by LSU that has never before reached the level that it has today.

Not with Skip Bertman or Paul Mainieri. Not with Dale Brown, John Brady or Will Wade. Not with Les Miles or Ed Orgeron. Not anywhere on campus has LSU hired someone before with the credentials of Kim Mulkey.

They may have achieved the ultimate success while they were here, but not before.

Kim Mulkey arrives on LSU’s campus a winner. In fact, she arrives in Baton Rouge with only one thing to prove. That she can do for LSU what she did many times over for the Baylor Bears.

Make them relevant by making them Champions.

Juan’s World, Juan’s World. Excellent!!!

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