BATON ROUGE (WVUE) - Kim Mulkey’s made a career from great coaching, recruiting and amongst other things, an in-your-face attitude as well. The latter, along with her passion for Louisiana, was front and center in Monday’s introductory press conference.
“Well I’m gonna take this damn mask off because I’ve got a whole lot to say,” declared Mulkey.
That’s how the Kim Mulkey era begins in Baton Rouge.
In her first public address as LSU head coach, she gave a lot of credit to former gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, athletic director Scott Woodward, baseball coach Paul Mainieri, and many others for helping to recruit her back home to Louisiana.
“D-D Breaux could sell ice to an Eskimo,” says Mulkey.
Breaux says she didn’t waste any time when it came to contacting Mulkey about the opening. She called her from the NCAA Gymnastics National Semifinal where the Tigers were competing.
“I picked up the phone to call Kim Mulkey,” says D-D Breaux. “I called her, and we had an existing relationship. I was like, ‘Hey. The door’s going to be open. Are you going to be willing to come?’ She goes, ‘You know, D-D, the time is right.’”
Mulkey emphasized that championships aren’t won overnight, but also made her goals at LSU clear.
“I want to you to see those banners behind you right there,” says Mulkey. “Final four, final four, final four, final four, final four. Nowhere on there does it say national champion. That’s what I came here to do.”
As for her immediate next steps, Mulkey says there’s still a lot to work out before next season. But with her passion for Louisiana and the university, there’s no doubt she is the perfect coach for the job.
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