Longtime LSU coach Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor for LSU

4/25/2021 8:01:57 PM EST

Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey is leaving Baylor for LSU, returning to the state where she grew up, the school announced Sunday.

Mulkey won three national championships at Baylor, where she spent 21 years as head coach. She became the fastest coach in Division I history to notch 600 career wins, took her teams to 19 NCAA Tournament appearances and developed star players such as Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and NaLyssa Smith.

In 2020, Mulkey was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She has been named national coach of the year eight times.

"Kim Mulkey is a champion and a Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home," LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said. "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 grew up in Tickfaw, La., and starred as a collegiate player at Louisiana Tech. She later served as an associate head coach at the school.

One day earlier, LSU women's basketball coach Nikki Fargas resigned after 10 seasons to pursue another opportunity.

The school announced the news Saturday and the Associated Press reported that Fargas is in negotiations to become the team president of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces.

Fargas, 48, is the second-winningest coach in Tigers history with a 177-129 record, trailing only Hall of Fame coach Sue Gunter.

"It was a tremendous honor to represent LSU and the wonderful people on this campus and community," Fargas said in a university news release. "I can't express how thankful I am to have coached the wonderful young women in our program, student-athletes who were dedicated and committed to having success on the court and in the classroom."

Fargas guided LSU to 30 wins against Top 25 opponents and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet 16, during her 10 years in Baton Rouge.

"I can't thank Nikki enough for the job she has done at LSU, not only as our head women's basketball coach, but also as a mentor to the young women on her team and many other student-athletes on our campus," athletic director Scott Woodward said in the news release.

Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer has also served as the team's president since the franchise moved from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 2018.

--Field Level Media

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