UNC names Princeton’s Banghart head coach

cbb1North Carolina hired Princeton’s Courtney Banghart as its women’s basketball coach Tuesday morning.

Banghart, 40, had been the head coach at Princeton since 2007, posting a 254-103 record in 12 seasons. In that time, her team had 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths.

She replaces head coach Sylvia Hatchell, who started at UNC in 1986 and led the school to an NCAA championship in 1994. She resigned on April 19 after an internal investigation found truth to allegations that she pressured her players to play while injured and made racially insensitive remarks to the team.

“Courtney Banghart has proven she knows how to lead students to wins both on and off the court,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “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.”

The UNC Board of Trustees met in an emergency session Tuesday morning and approved a five-year contract for Banghart. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A New Hampshire native, Banghart played basketball at Dartmouth, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2000.

–Field Level Media

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