LSU Basketball’s Kim Mulkey to Become Highest-Paid Women’s Basketball Coach in $32M Deal – The 61-year-old LSU coach is set to sign a groundbreaking 10-year contract valued at $32 million, poised to become the most lucrative contract in the history of women’s college basketball. This information has been reported by multiple sources, with LSU’s board of supervisors scheduled to give their official approval on Friday.
The initial report came from The Advocate, followed by confirmation from ESPN and the Associated Press. Mulkey has achieved four national championships in her coaching career, securing three at Baylor and capturing her fourth while at LSU in April. Her team emerged victorious in the title game against Iowa. Last year’s success was an emotional triumph for the outspoken coach.
The Tigers coach, who grew up in Hammond, Louisiana, called LSU her “home,” when she addressed fans and friends during a parade and ceremony marking their championship earlier this year. “I’m trying not to cry,” Mulkey admitted during her speech. When she assumed her coaching role, she expressed a personal commitment to bringing a championship to LSU.
However, she clarified that she intentionally refrained from setting a specific timeframe for this goal and intentionally left it off the team’s list of objectives at the beginning of the season. Mulkey’s list of goals for the Tigers heading into the preseason was to “win 90% of non-conference games, finish in the top four of the SEC, win one game in the SEC tournament and remain ranked in the AP Top 25 throughout the season,” according to ESPN.
Presently, Mulkey, along with her standout players, including Angel Reese, are eager to replicate their success from the previous season. Under her new contract, Mulkey is set to receive an average annual salary of $3.2 million. This places her ahead of notable coaches like Geno Auriemma from UConn, who earns $2.9 million per year, and Dawn Staley from South Carolina, with an annual salary of $2.7 million, as reported by Sports Illustrated.