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Six-time national champion as a player and coach, Kim Mulkey is scheduled as the featured speaker for the annual Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Kickoff dinner on Tuesday, August 30 at the Shreveport Convention Center.  Mulkey is one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all-time, and was an integral part of building the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters into a national power in the 1980s. After 19 years at Louisiana Tech as a player and coach, as well as 21 years as head coach of the Baylor Lady Bears, the 2020 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame returned home to take over the LSU women's basketball program in April 2021.

“It is an honor to be invited to speak at the kickoff dinner for the Independence Bowl,” said Mulkey. “The Independence Bowl is such an important event to north Louisiana which is where I went to school and began my coaching career. I have created a lot of great memories in north Louisiana and I am excited to be back in August to share my story.”

Mulkey's arrival at LSU came with immediate success, as she led her first LSU team to a 26-6 record, up from a 9-13 overall record the season before... second place in the SEC and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was the greatest turnaround in SEC history by a first-year head coach, and she was named the AP National Coach of the Year – joining Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw as just the third coach to win the AP Coach of the Year award three times.

Tickets for the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Kickoff dinner are available for purchase at RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com/shop or by calling the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl office at 318.221.0712 or toll-free at 888.414.BOWL.

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