Five months after leading LSU to the national championship, Kim Mulkey will become the highest-paid women’s college basketball coach in the nation.
Mulkey agreed to a 10-year, $32 million deal, according to multiple reports.
The contract is awaiting formal approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors at a Friday meeting. Also on the agenda are requests from the athletic department to approve amended employment agreements for two assistant coaches and to raise women’s basketball ticket prices.
Mulkey was working on a contract set to pay her an average of $2.5 million per year through 2029, per The Advocate. She would make an average of $3.2 million under the pending deal, beginning at $2.75 million and going up to $3.65 million in 2033, the newspaper reported.
Per ESPN, UConn coach Geno Auriemma and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley both make $3 million per year.
Mulkey, 61, won three national championships during her time as the head coach at Baylor. She took over at LSU for the 2021-22 season, and after the Tigers exited in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, they captured the championship this year.
In two seasons at LSU, Mulkey has a 60-8 record, following her 632-104 mark at Baylor.
Mulkey was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 — 20 years after she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
–Field Level Media