Non-Big Ten Coaching Changes 2021-22

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Apparently Fargas is interested in the WNBA:

LSU women's basketball coach Nikki Fargas is in negotiations to become Las Vegas Aces president, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on Friday on condition of anonymity because no deal has been finalized. Bill Laimbeer has been the team's president and coach since the franchise moved from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 2018.

It's been an eventful offseason for the Aces, who were bought by Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis. The team, which lost to Seattle in the WNBA Finals, added All-Star point guard Chelsea Gray to a stacked roster that includes league MVP A'ja Wilson.

Fargas just completed her 10th season at LSU and was 177-129 at the school. The team was 9-13 this past season. She led LSU to the Sweet 16 twice, the last time in 2014.

Before coming to LSU in 2011, Fargas was the head coach of UCLA for three seasons, finishing second in the Pac-12 in 2011 when the Bruins went 28-5.
 

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Mark Trakh retires from Southern Cal:
LOS ANGELES — USC women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh, who guided the Women of Troy the past four seasons, announced today (April 21) that he is retiring.

This was Trakh's second stint as USC's head coach. He is the second winningest women's basketball coach in USC history behind Linda Sharp, with a 155-114 record.

"This is a perfect time for a transition in the Trojan basketball program," said Trakh. "I can't imagine a more optimal time for all of us to embrace a fresh start. I am incredibly thankful to athletic director Mike Bohn, senior woman administrator Joyce Bell Limbrick and the USC Athletics personnel who have kindly provided the opportunity for me to leave USC in such a courteous manner. Their leadership will surely make the next chapter of women's basketball the greatest one yet.

"I am incredibly proud of my accomplishments on and off the court knowing that the program is in a great place. I would also like to thank all the wonderful student-athletes that I had the pleasure to coach. I have no doubt that they will have great success in the future. Fight On."

USC was 11-12 overall in the recently concluded 2021 season, with four games cancelled due to COVID-19 issues, and placed eighth in the Pac-12 standings at 8-10.
 

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Yesterday's Mulkey manipulations:

BATON ROUGE – LSU could announce as early as next week its replacement for LSU women’s hoops coach Nikki Fargas and sources have insinuated it will be Kim Mulkey.

The bombshell hire would send waves through the sports community, bringing Mulkey home to south Louisiana.

Mulkey was born in Tickfaw and attended Louisiana Tech where she was later an assistant coach. Mulkey is the head coach at Baylor.

She has coached Baylor to three national titles and won championships as both a player and coach at Louisiana Tech.

Fargas, WBRZ has reported, is in line to leave LSU and join the Las Vegas Aces, the city’s WNBA team. She’ll be the organization’s president.

Fargas makes about $700,000 at LSU; Mulkey takes home more than $2 million at Baylor.

The Advocate, which reported details of the possibility first Friday, called hiring Mulkey “the most significant hire in [Athletic Director Scott Woodward’s] two-year tenure.”
 

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It's official: Mulkey to LSU

Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who won three national championships in 21 seasons at Baylor, is leaving for LSU.

LSU announced the blockbuster hire on Sunday.

Mulkey, who grew up in Tickfaw, Louisiana, will be introduced in a news conference on Monday.


"Kim Mulkey is a champion and a Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home," said LSU director of athletics Scott Woodward in a statement. "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, 58, took over a Baylor program in 2000 that had never reached the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears have missed the tournament only once since then and won the national championship in 2005, 2012 and 2019.

Mulkey played at Louisiana Tech, where she later spent 15 years as an assistant and associate head coach.

She won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 Olympic Team and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year.

"We are grateful for the more than two decades Kim Mulkey poured into building Baylor women's basketball to one of the nation's premier programs," Baylor director of athletics Mack B. Rhoades said in a statement. "Coach Mulkey's sustained success is one of the most remarkable runs in college basketball history, and her accomplishments are worthy of the Naismith Hall of Fame induction she'll experience later this year."

Rhodes added that the Bears have launched a national search for their next head coach.

Mulkey takes over for Nikki Fargas, who stepped down on Saturday after 10 seasons at LSU. According to a statement, Fargas was leaving to pursue another opportunity. While LSU did not disclose where Fargas was headed next, she has been in negotiations to take over as team president of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces, people familiar with those discussions have told The Associated Press
 

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Mulkey's base (I assume) contract at LSU:

She made $2.27 million a year at Baylor, according to USA TODAY's salary database. Multiple LSU sources told The Daily Advertiser she will receive a package of $2.5 million annually. The sources requested anonymity because Mulkey's salary has not been announced by LSU.
 

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8 years and at least $22.5 million for Kim Mulkey:

New LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey received an eight-year deal that will pay her at least $22.5 million before incentives, the school announced Wednesday.

LSU is also buying out her contract at Baylor, and will provide a personal travel allowance of $80,000 per year. The agreement is contingent on final approval by the LSU board of supervisors.

Mulkey's hiring was announced Sunday, and she was introduced in a ceremony at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Monday. Mulkey was 632-104 in 21 seasons at Baylor, with three NCAA championships, a dozen Big 12 regular-season titles and 11 league tournament championships.

Mulkey, who turns 59 in May, has a base salary of $400,000. Her supplemental compensation starts at $2,045,000 in 2021-22, and increases yearly to $2,902,000 in the final year of the deal, 2028-29. There is additional sponsor-related compensation of $60,000.

There are bonuses for advancing through each round of the NCAA tournament, starting at $28,000 for a first-round win and going through $150,000 for a national championship game victory. Mulkey would receive $65,000 for an SEC regular-season title, $35,000 for an SEC tournament title, $15,000 for being national coach of the year and $10,000 for being SEC coach of the year. If LSU finishes ranked in the top 10, that's another $30,000 bonus, and ranked from 11-25 would be $25,000.

If LSU finishes in the top-10 percentile of the multiyear academic progress rate, Mulkey receives $13,000, and in the top 11-40 percentile, $9,000. She also receives a courtesy vehicle or vehicle allowance of $1,000 per month.

If LSU terminates the contract without cause, Mulkey will receive $2.5 million up until June 30, 2022. From July 1, 2022 on, she would get $2 million. If Mulkey leaves before the contract is finished, she would owe the school $2 million.
 

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Adia Barnes gets a new deal: five years at $5.85 million (base).

Arizona and women's basketball coach Adia Barnes have agreed to new financial terms to her previously announced contract extension, the school announced Tuesday, which includes $5.85 million in base salary over five years.

The deal, which extends Barnes through the 2025-26 season, was originally announced on March 18, before the Wildcats advanced to the national championship game of the women's NCAA tournament. Her base salary under that deal was reported by the Arizona Daily Star to be $3,345,000 over five years.

Barnes' base salary over that period will now be $5.85 million, pending approval from Arizona's board of regents. There were no changes to the incentive structure of her contract; Barnes can earn bonuses for postseason success and appearances in the season-ending national rankings.

"As this past season made perfectly clear, Arizona women's basketball has joined the nation's elite under Coach Barnes' leadership and will remain there for a long time to come," athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement Tuesday. "This new contract demonstrates our continued commitment to our women's basketball program, and to Adia, who has revitalized our program and brought the excitement and energy to a whole new level."

Barnes' Wildcats finished the season 21-6. A No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, Arizona defeated Stony Brook, BYU, Texas A&M and Indiana to advance to the program's first Women's Final Four. In the national semifinals, Arizona upset No. 1 seed UConn before falling to No. 1 Stanford 54-53 in the title game.

Barnes, 44, saw her profile rise dramatically during the Wildcats' run to the national championship. She was linked to the recent Baylor coaching search when Kim Mulkey left for LSU. But Arizona, Barnes' alma mater, opted to increase her deal.

"I am honored to coach at my alma mater and represent Tucson, a city where it all began for me," said Barnes, who became just the second former WNBA player to lead a team to the Women's Final Four, after South Carolina's Dawn Staley. "This contract is a commitment to our sport, Arizona Women's Basketball, and this university. It is my responsibility to honor that commitment with a relentless pursuit of a national championship."
 
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