Kim Muhl (pronounced "moo-ul") is in his 30th season as head coach for the women's basketball program. Since coming to Kirkwood in September '89, Muhl has led his teams to 26 regional finals, 19 national tournaments and 7 national titles in his Hall of Fame career. Muhl has produced 30 consecutive 20-win seasons including a school record 37 wins in 2009-10 and 2016-17, and has been the only coach in Kirkwood history to go undefeated in the 2016-17 season (37-0).
Muhl has been named Region XI Coach of the Year 18 times (1990, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2002-10, '12, 17' and 2018) and his teams have won regional basketball titles those same years. Muhl's basketball teams have been regional runner-up six times. He was named "Outstanding Coach of the Tournament" at the 1997, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2017 NJCAA Division II National Tournaments. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named Muhl the Russell Athletic 2007 JC/CC Coach of the Year and the Pat Summitt Trophy 2017. Coach Muhl received his greatest award in 2011 by being selected into the "NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame" as one of only two active coaches.
Muhl currently sports a 863-151 record, including a phenomenal 362-32 record at home. From 2006 until February 2011 his teams have won 106 straight conference games. He has coached 28 All-Americans including 15 First Team All-Americans and 5 WBCA All-Americans. Coach Muhl holds the NJCAA DII women's record of 39 straight wins.
Muhl has attracted regional and national attention for Eagle programs. The women's basketball teams have been ranked #1 in the NJCAA Division II polls on several occasions. Four-year colleges have been regular visitors to Kirkwood's campus. Former Kirkwood players under Muhl have gone on to play at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Oregon, South Florida, Drake, Illinois State, Southwest Missouri State, St. Johns, Stetson, Marquette and various NCAA Division II and NAIA schools.
Muhl earned his B.A. at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA and his M.A. in Secondary Education at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.