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Baylor’s Mulkey set to become fastest DI coach to 600 wins

by Ace Damon
Baylor's Mulkey set to become fastest DI coach to 600 wins

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is expected to achieve 600 career wins in fewer games than any other Division I coach for men or women.

Mulkey, who has three national championships in his 20 seasons with runner-up Bears, sets a record 599-100 in Tuesday night's game at Texas Tech.

"If you are talking about victory number 600, it means that I have coached many great players, I had stability in my coaching staff. They bring these great players to Baylor and I am getting old," said Mulkey. "That's what it means, so I'm getting old."

Adolph Rupp won four national championships and 876 games overall with the Kentucky men from 1930 to 1972. His 600th victory came in his 704th game in 1959.

If the current national champion Lady Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) wins just one of the next four games, Mulkey will have 600 wins in fewer games than Rupp.

Baylor carries two big wins from 12 records in the game Texas Tech. The Lady Bears have won 53 consecutive games at regular season conferences and their last 42 games on the league roads.

After winning the national championship as a player and technical assistant for Louisiana Tech, Mulkey became Baylor's coach in 2000. The Lady Bears were national champions in 2005, 2012 and last season.

"Listen, it is difficult to win and I do not consider the victory guaranteed," said Mulkey. “I know how to design pieces, I can have great practices. I can teach you the basics. At the end of the day, these kids need to win ball games and, damn it, see all the great ones that I trained in the last 20 years at Baylor. "

UConn coach Geno Auriemma has won 11 national championships and 1,083 games in his 35 years at the Huskies. His 600th victory came in his 716th game in 2006.

Last week, Mulkey became a finalist in the coaching category at the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame for the second time in three years. There are eight finalists for the 2020 class, which will be announced on April 4.

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