Banghart leaves Princeton for North Carolina job

Telegraph file photo by TOM KING Souhegan alum Courtney Banghart is the new women's head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina.

Courtney Banghart is now a Tar Heel instead of a Tiger.

The acclaimed Souhegan High School and Dartmouth College alum was hired on Tuesday to be the new women’s head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina after 12 years guiding the program at Princeton University.

Banghart, 40, led Princeton to the NCAA tournament in eight of the last 10 years, winning the Ivy League title seven times. She sported a career 254-103 mark at Princeton, and is replacing Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell, who resigned under pressure after 33 years due to accusations of racially insensitive comments and pressuring players to play while either injured or undergoing other problems.

Banghart’s best season at Princeton was 31-1 in 2014, and the Tigers were eliminated by Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tourney. That was her first head collegiate coaching job.

She was inducted in the NHIAA Hall of Fame back in 2017, as she was a soccer and basketball standout before graduating from Souhegan in 1996. She is also in the Dartmouth College Hall of Fame.