North Carolina hired Princeton’s Courtney Banghart, a former Souhegan High and Dartmouth College star, as its women’s basketball coach Tuesday morning.
Banghart, 40, and a native of Amherst, 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 director of athletics 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.
Banghart, 40, holds the Dartmouth record for 3-pointers in a game, season and career. She served as an assistant coach at Dartmouth from 2003-2007 before moving on to Princeton.
Banghart earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in writing and leadership development from Dartmouth.