Baylor Names Mulkey-Robertson Women's Hoops Coach

April 4, 2000

"Leaving Louisiana Tech is one of the hardest decisions I've ever made," said Mulkey-Robertson. "But this opportunity at Baylor is both exciting and professionally challenging. Because of its administrative support, Baylor is where I feel my career can further develop and where Randy and I can best raise our children."

Mulkey-Robertson, 37, comes to Baylor from Louisiana Tech University, where she spent the last 20 years as either a player or assistant coach in the legendary Lady Techster program. During her tenure in Ruston, Mulkey-Robertson was associated with 11 Final Four squads and three national championship teams. She has either played or coached in the national championship game on six occasions.

"Kim Mulkey-Robertson is the ideal choice for Baylor," said Stanton. "The relationship between Kim and Baylor can be a model partnership for women's college basketball in America, because together we'll seek great accomplishments both on the basketball court and in the lives of our female student-athletes.

"Kim has been a role model for young women throughout her career, and we're excited that she'll now be setting that example as a member of the Baylor family."

During her 15-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech posted a 430-68 record and advanced to seven Final Fours. Mulkey-Robertson held the title of associate head coach to Tech legend Leon Barmore for the last four seasons. Her responsibilities at Tech included coordinating recruiting, setting defensive matchups, tutoring Lady Techster guards and overseeing her players' academic progress.

Recently, Women's Basketball Journal ranked Mulkey-Robertson as one of the top four assistant coaches in the country.

As a player, Mulkey-Robertson led the Lady Techsters to a 130-6 record, two national titles and four Final Fours from 1980-84 while playing for Hogg. During that time the 5-foot-4 playmaker, known for her spectacular passes and French braids, also led Louisiana Tech to its first two national championships (1981 and 1982) and was a part of the USA's gold medal-winning teams at the 1984 Olympics and the 1983 Pan American Games.

Mulkey-Robertson averaged 6.38 assists and 1.56 steals per game and ranks second on Tech's all-time list in assists, and 10th in steals. In addition, the summa cum laude scholar was a two-time Academic All-American.

Her athletic career began at an early age. Mulkey-Robertson, a native of Hammond, La., was the first girl in the United States to play Little League baseball with boys and made the all-star team. At Hammond High School, she won four-straight state championships, posted a 136-5 record and finished her career with the national record for most points scored (4,075).

Already a member of the National High School Hall of Fame, the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, Mulkey-Robertson will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June. In 1999, she was the lone female named among the Louisiana Sportswriters top 25 athletes of the century.

Mulkey-Robertson is married to former Louisiana Tech quarterback Randy Robertson, and they have two children, daughter Makenzie, 8, and son Kramer, 5.

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