After winning the National Championship the women’s hoops coach at LSU, Kim Mulkey, is set to earn a nice raise. Mulkey and LSU have agreed to a 10-year, $32 million contract extension that will make her the highest-paid coach in women’s basketball, according to Reed Darcey of NOLA.com
The reported deal is pending the final decision of the LSU Board of Governors. The board is set to meet on Friday. This new deal will see Mulkey’s salary start $2.75 million and escalate up to $3.65 million in its final year of 2033. She was previously set to make an average of $2.5 million annually through 2029.
UConn’s Geno Auriemma held the previously high mark in the sport with an average annual value of $2.9 million, followed by South Carolina’s Dawn Staley at $2.7 million.
Nobody in the world quite expected the Bayou Bengals to win the National Championship last season. Kim Mulkey had become the head coach at LSU following the 2021 season. Prior to hiring Mulkey the team went 9-13. In just two years under the LSU alum, the Tigers have gone 60-8.
They were able to do it with a plethora of transfers, including the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Angel Reese from Maryland. Each of the most notable transfers from last season have moved on to the WNBA, but Mulkey filled the void with another monster class of transfers. In addition to the transfers, LSU is returning SEC Freshman of the Year Flau’jae Johnson. The roster will be welcoming a top recruiting class that is headlined by ESPN’s No. 2 overall recruit Mikaylah Williams and No. 7 recruit Aalyah Del Rosario.
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