Courtney Banghart, the newly hired UNC women's basketball head coach, spoke at a small press conference in Carmichael Arena about her hopes for the program on May 1, 2019.

How the Ivy League graduate and Naismith Coach of the Year made her way to Chapel Hill

To understand Courtney Banghart – Ivy League graduate, Dartmouth College Hall of Famer, Naismith Coach of the Year – and how she got to North Carolina, you’ll have to understand her past.

Banghart was a basketball player and neuroscience major at Dartmouth, but said that coaching "wasn't a vocation in my eyes." It took three years of coaching high school basketball – while also teaching and serving as athletic director – for her to change her tune.

Banghart then returned to Dartmouth, where she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator while working toward her master's in writing and leadership development.

In 2007, Banghart was named the head coach of Princeton women's basketball, and quickly turned the program around. In her third season, the Tigers made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2015, Banghart's team went undefeated in the regular season, and Banghart was named one of the Women's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine.

Now, Courtney Banghart is in Chapel Hill. Click to read more about her journey.





The sign for Cosmic Cantina hangs above Franklin St. on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

'We're a part of the campus:' UNC's long-term plan for Cosmic Cantina

Cosmic Cantina has been serving up low-cost, high-quality burritos for 20 years in Chapel Hill. Although a recent UNC plan proposes replacing it and other businesses with a welcoming gateway to campus, changes are years down the road.  Part of the UNC Master Plan proposes using an entire section of buildings surrounding Porthole Alley for a number of projects. This plan left students and store owners confused about the future of Cosmic Cantina, a beloved Mexican restaurant on Franklin Street.