Two of Kim Mulkey's LSU women's basketball assistants set to earn new extensions, raises

Two of Kim Mulkey's LSU women's basketball assistants have agreed to contract extensions with the school.

On the heels of Mulkey's new 10-year, $32 million deal, making her the highest-paid women's basketball coach by the end of her deals, LSU associate head coach Bob Starkey and assistant coach Gary Redus have been awarded pay bumps, according to documents obtained by the USA Today Network.

Starkey, who Mulkey has said is "head coach who doesn't want to be a head coach" for her on her staff, has agreed to a new, three-year deal worth $1.03 million that will raise his annual salary from $275,000 to $355,000 this season and will be scheduled to make $400,000 by the end of the terms. Starkey's deals run through June 2025

Redus has earned a new contract worth $275,000 this season and will pull in $305,000 next season. Redus' new terms run though June 2025.

Both coaches' contract are expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors at its next meeting Friday. The terms of both deals, once approved, retroactively took effective back in July when both deals were signed by Starkey and Redus.

Starkey and Redus have been instrumental pieces to LSU's meteoric rise the two seasons since Mulkey took over in 2021.

Defensive game plans have mostly been coordinated by Starkey, who has been on staff for all five of LSU women's basketball Final Four appearances as well as one staff when Dale Brown led Shaquille O'Neal and the LSU men's team to the Final Four back in the 90s.

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Redus has become an LSU women's basketball fan favorite on staff and been the main catalyst for LSU's immense success on the recruiting trail, helping bring in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2023 as well as the top transfer portal class this offseason with Louisville graduate transfer guard Hailey Van Lith and sophomore DePaul forward Aneesah Morrow, who was the fourth-leading scorer in the nation last season at 25.7 points a game.

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