North Carolina women's basketball head coach Courtney Banghart has worked towards her goal of helping women’s basketball grow since she was hired in 2019.
On Oct. 21, Banghart was announced as the vice president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. And with this new leadership role, she is looking to grow the game on a larger scale.
Banghart has been involved in the WBCA for years. She has been a part of several WBCA's committees and, since 2015, has served on the organization's board.
“The WBCA board of directors and I are excited Courtney Banghart will serve as vice president of the WBCA,” Executive Director Danielle Donehew said. “Courtney understands what is facing our coaches and is prepared to lead our association due to her experience and service.”
Banghart will serve as the vice president for two years and take over as WBCA president in July 2023, in place of current president Cori Close, head coach of UCLA’s women’s basketball program.
Banghart’s priorities during her vice presidency will involve supporting Close in all aspects, including membership growth, gender equity efforts, technology enhancements and business recovery from the impact of the pandemic, Donehew said.
“I believe in the mission of the organization,” Banghart said. “So, I’m certainly honored to be someone they trust in the role.”
Banghart has truly dedicated her life to women’s basketball. After being a three-year starter at Dartmouth, she coached at the high school level before taking an assistant coaching position at her alma mater, where she helped lead Dartmouth to two Ivy League championships in four years.
In 2007, she took over the Princeton program, bringing the program — which had never played in the NCAA tournament — to an undefeated season and many tournament appearances during her 12-year tenure.