By Kelsey Whaley, St. Catherine Sports Information
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Over the past few seasons, the St. Catherine University basketball team has rebuilt itself into a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) contender. In the upcoming years, the Wildcats will continue to build the program with new head coach Don Mulhern at the helm, Athletic Director Eric Stacey announced on Thursday.
Mulhern joins St. Kate's after an extremely successful 11-year stint as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and will leave as the winningest coach in program history. Under Mulhern's guidance, the Yellow Jackets posted an overall record of 149-142, with a perfect 32-0 team against Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) teams. In the past two seasons, Mulhern guided UW-Superior to two consecutive UMAC regular season and playoff titles, which included two trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Yellow Jackets also recorded back-to-back 20-plus win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and Mulhern was named UMAC Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
Prior to UW-Superior joining the UMAC in 2015-16, Mulhern led the Yellow Jackets to success in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). He was a two-time WIAC Coach-of-the-Year after leading UW-Superior to its first postseason appearance in eight years in 2012 and helping the team earn its first and only conference regular season title in 2014-15. That same season, Mulhern was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year and led his team to its second straight appearance in the WIAC Playoff title game.
Multiple student-athletes also received conference and national recognition during Mulhern's tenure at UW-Superior. Mulhern coached two time UMAC Player of the Year Haley Kontny and two-time WIAC Player-of-the-Year Sally Linzmieier during his tenure with the Yellow Jackets. Additionally, two student-athletes were finalists for the Jostens Award, and several earned either All-American, All-Region or All-Conference honors.
Mulhern also found success in his other coaching positions, as he turned both MacMurray College and Lindenwood College into respectable basketball programs. At both places, he earned Coach of the Year honors and improved the team's overall and conference records by the end of his tenure. Multiple student-athletes earned either All-Conference or All-America accolades as well.
Mulhern, a Wykoff, Minnesota native graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor of science in physical education and business administration. He received his Master's in Physical Education-Human Performance from UW-La Crosse and received his Ph. D. in kinesiology and sport psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2000.