ACC Nation Staff @accnation –
When programs need to get through a rough patch and build toward the future the selection of a new coach is critical. You look for a proven leader, perhaps one that understands the need for patience but doesn’t settle for second best. In that regard North Carolina has chosen wisely. New women’s basketball coach Courtney Banghart comes from a program that had never been in the NCAA Tournament until she arrived. Twelve seasons later with seven conference championships and eight tournament appearances Banghart has shown her mettle as a coach.
At the age of 29 Banghart took on her first head coaching position at Princeton and helped create a winning environment on and off the court. North Carolina is banking on her setting the same goals for the women’s basketball program at Chapel Hill.
Banghart brings both student and athlete experience to the table as a coach. A three year starter for Dartmouth she received the Ed Seitz Award as the top three point shooter in the country hitting 97 in one season. Banghart received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at Dartmouth.
Later, she returned as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Dartmouth and added a master’s degree in writing and leadership development. She held the assistant coaching position from 2003-2007.
North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham made three points in regard to the hiring of Banghart.
- She believes in developing strong character and a championship mentality
- In recruiting and graduating players who want to serve their community
- In building relationships in and outside of her program
A five year contract and terms of agreement for Banghart were approved by North Carolina’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
Courtney Banghart won the 2015 Naismith National Coach of the Year following a 30-0 season at Princeton. She served as the assistant coach of the US U-23 national team that won the first U-24 Four Nations Tournament in 2017. She is on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee.