By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The North Carolina Tar Heels have hired Courtney Banghart as their new women’s basketball head coach. She was previously the Princeton Tigers women’s basketball coach.
She was the winningest Princeton women’s basketball coach in program history. Banghart was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s Women’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015.
“Courtney Banghart has proven she knows how to lead students to wins both on and off the court,” Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “She believes in developing strong character and a championship mentality, in recruiting and graduating players who want to serve their community, and in building relationships in and outside of her program. She is an outstanding addition to our department and University, and I am pleased to welcome Courtney and her family to our Carolina family.”
She has received a five-year deal. Banghart replaces long-time Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell, who resigned following an investigation into the culture of the program.
Her agreement was approved by the UNC’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday morning.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who has made Carolina what it is: the women who have worn the Carolina blue, Coach Hatchell who hung a banner, the men’s program that brought us the Jumpman, the outstanding coaches who have been a model of consistent excellence, and the alumni who have loved this place with all their hearts,” Banghart said. “I’m honored to be your coach, and you will get my very best.”
The 40-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire native was the Episcopal High School Maroon Athletic Director and Women’s Basketball Coach from 2000 through 2003. She also served as their Girls’ Tennis Coach.
She returned to her alma mater in 2003 as the Dartmouth Big Green assistant coach through 2007. She was then named the Tigers head coach in 2007.
Banghart was a Big Green guard from 1996 through 2000.