Louisiana Tech Basketball – 1984 Corbett Award Winner
Kim Mulkey, an All-America basketball guard from Louisiana Tech and a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Women’s Olympic basketball team reigns as the 1984 winner of the Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Memorial Award as the top amateur athlete in the State of Louisiana.
James J. Corbett Awards
A 5-4 passing and defensive wizard, Mulkey set a Tech career record for assists with 849 during a period when her team won a pair of national championships and went to the Final Four the other two seasons. During those four seasons, Louisiana Tech was never ranked outside the top five nationally, posting records of 34-0, 35-1, 31-2, and 30-3.
After the 1984 season, she became the first recipient of the Naismith “Small Player of the Year” award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also voted the “outstanding player” in the 1982 national championship game and has been the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame committee’s “most outstanding female athlete in Louisiana the last two years.
Just as adept in the classroom, she was a winner of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship after graduating from Tech Summa Cum Laude with a grade-point average of 3.85 in accounting.
The other nominees this year included: John Harris, a 6-8 center at the University of New Orleans; Dalton Hilliard, a 5-8, 185-pound running back at LSU; Karl Malone, a 6-9 center at Louisiana Tech; and John Williams, a 6-9 center at Tulane.
The award, which was incepted in 1967, is named in memory of the late Jim Corbett, the Louisiana State University director of athletics at the time of his death, who contributed so much of his time and talent to the Sugar Bowl during his tenure as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics.
[Reprinted from the 1985 Sugar Bowl History Book]