Kim Mulkey announces staff additions and promotions

WACO, Texas Baylor head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey announced the promotion of Kaylin Rice to assistant coach and the return of Jeremy Heffner as director of athletic performance for women’s basketball, Wednesday.

Rice served the past two seasons as the assistant director of basketball operations, and prior to that, she was a graduate assistant for two seasons and an undergraduate student manager for four. A local native, Rice played basketball three years at Midway High School before joining the Lady Bears staff.

She stepped in this spring semester as interim assistant coach assuming on-floor coaching duties while assisting recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Sytia Messer with recruiting and coaching guards.

Heffner spent seven seasons with the Lady Bears from 2010 to 2017 as the director of athletic performance for women’s basketball before leaving to become the head strength and conditioning coach at Lee High School in Tyler.

Rice replaced Toyelle Wilson who was recently hired as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, and Heffner replaces interim director Thomas Lené who took the strength and conditioning coach position for women’s basketball at Drake University.

“Kaylin is so talented. I have watched her grow as a coach and her value to the Lady Bears program is unmatched,” said Mulkey. “She can do every facet of coaching and does so willingly.”

“It is good to have a familiar face back in Jeremy,” Mulkey said. “He was on our staff for seven years and knows our program very well. He and Kaylin are young rock stars in the business.”

Baylor is coming off a 37-1 season in 2018-19 in which the Lady Bears claimed their third NCAA national championship with a win over Notre Dame April 7.