Courtney Banghart

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Courtney Banghart
Courtney Banghart head coach womens basketball Princeton.jpg
Courtney Banghart, March 2012
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNorth Carolina
Biographical details
Born (1978-05-11) May 11, 1978 (age 41)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–2003Episcopal HS
2003–2007Dartmouth (assistant)
2019–presentNorth Carolina
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2000–2003Episcopal HS
Head coaching record
Overall254–103 (.711)
Tournaments1–8 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
Ivy League (2010–2013, 2015, 2018, 2019)
Naismith National Coach of the Year (2015)
2× Ivy League Coach of the Year (2015, 2018)
NJSWA Women's College Coach of the Year (2010)

Courtney Rosholt Banghart (born May 11, 1978)[1] is an American basketball coach who is currently the head women's basketball coach at North Carolina. Prior to North Carolina, she served as head coach at Princeton from 2007 to 2019.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Banghart graduated from Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire and Dartmouth College also in New Hampshire. As a guard, Banghart played for Dartmouth from 1996 to 2000, including the Dartmouth teams that won the 1999 and 2000 Ivy League titles.[2][3] She holds Dartmouth records for 3 pointers in a game, season, and career.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

From 2000 to 2003, Banghart was athletic director and head coach of the girls' basketball and girls' tennis teams at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]

As an assistant coach at Dartmouth, Banghart helped lead Dartmouth to two Ivy League Championships, and two NCAA appearances in 2005 and 2006. Dartmouth went 70-44 those seasons including 41-15 in Ivy League play.

In 2007, Banghart became the head coach for the Princeton Tigers. Her teams there won five Ivy League outright championships from 2010 through 2015, and, as a result, appeared in five NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments and a sixth "at-large" appearance in 2016. Her 2014–15 team, which went 30–0 in the regular season, was one of the 32 remaining teams in the 2015 tournament.[4]

On February 3, 2017, against Dartmouth, her alma mater, Banghart notched her 200th win as a head coach.[5] Her 250th career win occurred on March 2, 2019, against Harvard.[6]

In April 2017, Banghart was selected to be an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U23 National Team, which is composed of women, age 23 or younger, who are currently freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.[7] The team competed in and won the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.[8]

On April 30, 2019, Banghart was announced as the new head coach at North Carolina.[9]


In 2015, the United States Basketball Writers Association named Banghart as Coach of the Year.[10] Fortune named her one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders for "taking charge of a mediocre team that had never made the NCAA Tournament" while ensuring players met Princeton's academic standards.[11][12]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) (2007–2019)
2007–08 Princeton 7–23 4–10 6th
2008–09 Princeton 14–14 9–5 3rd
2009–10 Princeton 26–3 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
2010–11 Princeton 24–5 13–1 1st NCAA First Round
2011–12 Princeton 24–5 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
2012–13 Princeton 22–7 13–1 1st NCAA First Round
2013–14 Princeton 21–9 11–3 T–2nd WNIT Second Round
2014–15 Princeton 31–1 14–0 1st NCAA Second Round
2015–16 Princeton 23–6 12–2 2nd NCAA First Round
2016–17 Princeton 16–14 9–5 2nd WNIT First Round
2017–18 Princeton 24–6 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
2018–19 Princeton 22–10 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
Princeton: 254–103 (.711) 137–31 (.815)
North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2019–present)
2019–20 North Carolina
North Carolina: – (–) – (–)
Total: 254–103 (.711)


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 28 Sep 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Courtney Banghart". Princeton University Athletics. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
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  4. ^ Princeton 2014-15 season statistics
  5. ^ Murphy, Chris (February 6, 2017). "Women's Basketball Nets Two Huge Wins". Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tigers Honor Seniors With Thrilling 61-58 Win; Banghart Earns 250th Career Victory". Princeton Athletics. March 2, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jeff Walz, Courtney Banghart And Michelle Clark-Heard To Lead 2017 USA Basketball Women's U23 National Team". usab.con. April 19, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Women Capture U24 Four Nations Tournament Title". August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Ryan Wilcox (2019-04-30). "UNC women's basketball names Courtney Banghart as its new head coach". Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  10. ^ "Banghart Named Coach of the Year". Valley News. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Maine, D'Arcy (March 26, 2015). "Princeton's Courtney Banghart Joins Taylor Swift And Pope Francis On List". ESPN. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Casey, Tim (January 10, 2015). "At Princeton, a Student of Sports Leadership Successfully Applies Her Research". New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2016.

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