As of April 19, 2017
Princeton University head coach Courtney Banghart will undertake her first assignment with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team.
She recently completed her 10th season at the helm of the Princeton Tigers (2007-08 to present), where she owns an overall record of 208-87 (.705 winning percentage).
In 2016-17, she led Princeton to a 16-14 campaign that included appearances in the Ivy League tournament championship and the WNIT, which was an eighth-straight appearance in postseason play for the program.
“What a tremendous honor it is to serve USA basketball in a coaching capacity,” Banghart said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to coach the sport at the highest level and to do so while representing our country. I’m eager and ready to give USA basketball and all associated with it, my very best.
“I am thrilled to be working alongside Jeff (Walz) and Michelle (Clark-Heard) this summer,” she added. “Both are proven winners and highly respected across the country. They bring enthusiasm, experience, high basketball knowledge and a sense of humor that has already connected us. We are excited for the challenge ahead.”
The 2015 Naismith National Coach of the Year and one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Banghart is the winningest coach in program history. She has guided the Tigers to at least 20 wins in seven of the past eight seasons.
Inheriting a team that had never played in the NCAA Tournament, Banghart has led the squad there in six of the last eight years, capturing five Ivy League titles in the process and securing the best NCAA seed in Ivy women’s basketball history (No. 8 in 2014-15).
Under Banghart’s tutelage, the Tigers finished with a program-best mark of 31-1 in 2014-15, which included a win in the NCAA Tournament. Undefeated during the regular season with a 30-0 record, Princeton recorded the best campaign in Ivy League basketball history, men’s or women’s. The Tigers also achieved the highest-ever ranking for an Ivy program, climbing as high as No. 13 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
For her efforts, Banghart was named the 2015 Ivy League Coach of the Year and also was selected as the United States Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
As a team, Princeton wrapped up 2014-15 second in the nation in scoring margin (+23.2), 3-point percentage (40.5) and field-goal percentage defense (34.2); third in the country in field-goal percentage (49.1); sixth in rebounding margin (+11.2) and scoring defense (52.6); and seventh in 3-point defense (26.3). Playing the most games in program history (32), the Tigers set school records in points per game (75.8), total points (2,424), field goals made (921), field goal attempts (1,831), field goal percentage (.491), rebounds (1,338), assists (541) and blocks (143).
Dominating the Ivy League in 2010-11, Princeton captured the second of four-straight conference titles, making a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers won two more Ivy crowns in 2011-12 and 2012-13, posting records of 24-5 and 22-7, respectively. The 2011-12 squad finished the year ranked No. 24 in the AP Top-25 poll, becoming the first Ivy program to earn a national ranking.
Banghart’s 2009-10 squad finished 26-3, punching the program’s first ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
As a coach and a player, Banghart has made 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament and three trips to the postseason WNIT.
A four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Dartmouth College, Banghart was a two-time All-Ivy first-team honoree, and she owns the Ivy League record with 273 career 3-pointers. Knocking down a program-best 97 triples in 1999, she earned the Ed Seitz Award as the top 3-point specialist in the nation.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2000, Banghart worked at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where she served as the girls’ athletic director and the head coach of the girls’ basketball and tennis teams.
Returning to her alma mater Dartmouth, she earned a master’s degree in writing and leadership development in 2007, while spending four seasons as an assistant coach for the Big Green.
A native of Amherst, New Hampshire, Banghart was inducted into the Dartmouth College Hall of Fame in 2004 and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.