With Hall of Fame election, Mulkey joins long list of legendary Bears
With three national championships and a decade-plus worth of Big 12 titles on her resume, Baylor women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey’s accomplishments have long been legendary. Now, she’s earned the game’s highest honor — enshrinement in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Earlier this year, Mulkey became the fastest coach in college basketball history (on both the women’s and men’s sides) to win 600 games, and she remains the only individual to have won national championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She is part of a 2020 Hall of Fame class that is already being recognized among the best in history, joining such NBA legends as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Rudy Tomjanovich among its nine inductees.
The honor is about as good as it gets in the basketball world — but it’s far from the only Hall of Fame Mulkey calls home, having already been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
The latest honor adds Mulkey’s name to an illustrious list of Baylor Bears (alumni and coaches) who have earned enshrinement in their sports’ halls of fame:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOF:
* Sonja Hogg (BU head coach, 1994-2000)
PRO FOOTBALL HOF:
* Mike Singletary (BBA ’83)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOF:
* Lawrence Elkins (BSPE ’66)
* Thomas Everett (BSED ’93)
* Hayden Fry (’51; longtime Iowa head coach)
* Bill Glass (BA ’57)
* Morley Jennings (BU head coach, 1926-40)
* Barton Koch (1928-30)
* Jerry Moore (BBA ’61; longtime Appalachian State head coach)
* Jim Ray Smith (1953-54)
* Grant Teaff (BU head coach, 1972-92)
* Don Trull (BA ’64)
* Ted Lyons (1920-23)
Sic ’em, Baylor Hall of Famers!
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