LSU has made a blockbuster hire. Kim Mulkey is leaving Baylor and coming home to be the new head coach of LSU women’s basketball.

Recognized as the most successful player-turned-coach in college basketball history, Mulkey comes to Baton Rouge as the most accomplished head coaching hire in LSU history. Mulkey has won three national championships as a head coach, two as a player, and one as an assistant.

“Kim Mulkey is a champion and a Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said in a release. “Her accomplishments are unprecedented, her passion is unrivaled, and her commitment to winning in all aspects of life – in the classroom, on the court, and in the community – is unparalleled. We look forward to working with her as she instills that championship culture at LSU.”

Mulkey was at Baylor for 21 years, leading the Lady Bears to four Final Fours, winning three national titles. Her teams reached the Elite Eight six times and the Sweet 16 on five other occasions. Mulky guided Baylor to an NCAA Tournament appearance 19 times in 20 years. The other year, Baylor won the Women’s NIT championship game in Mulkey’s third year.

In 2020, Mulkey became the fastest coach in Division I history to reach 600 wins needing only 700 games. Her 600 wins in 700 games bettered the previous mark held by Adolph Rupp of Kentucky, who needed 704 games. Her overall record is 632-104.