Courtney Rosholt Banghart (born May 11, 1978) 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.
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. She holds Dartmouth records for 3 pointers in a game, season, and career.
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.
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 outright Ivy League 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 best team was the 2014–15 unit, which went 30–0 in the regular season and defeated Green Bay in the 2015 NCAA Tournament–the first (and to date, only) NCAA Tournament win in program history. That same season saw Banghart notch her 164th win as Princeton head coach, vaulting her past Joan Kowalik to become the winningest coach in Princeton women's basketball history.
On February 3, 2017, against Dartmouth, her alma mater, Banghart notched her 200th win as a head coach. She tallied her 250th career win on March 2, 2019, against Harvard.
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. The team competed in and won the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
On April 30, 2019, Banghart was announced as the new head coach at North Carolina.
In 2015, the United States Basketball Writers Association named Banghart as Coach of the Year. 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.
Head coaching record
|Princeton Tigers (Ivy League)|
|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)|
|North Carolina:||16–14 (.533)||7–11 (.389)|