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Courtney Banghart

Portrait of Courtney Banghart

Courtney Banghart is the winningest coach in Princeton women’s basketball history, She has amassed a 169-67 (.716) overall record in her eight seasons. In the just-completed 2014-15 regular season, her team finished undefeated with a 30-0 record and 31-1 including post-season play.

Going 92-17 in conference play during the eight-year span, the Tigers have represented the league in five of the last six NCAA Tournaments.The team became just the second Ivy program to secure an NCAA win, posting an 80-70 victory over ninth-seeded Green Bay this season. The Tigers’ No. 8 seed in 2014-15 was the highest-ever for an Ivy team

When she came to Princeton, Banghart inherited a program that had never made an NCAA Tournament appearance. During her time, she has turned the program into a dominating force in the Ivy League and in the region.

Banghart was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders, joining an elite group of men and women that includes elected government officials, CEOs, chiefs of NGOs, clergy, coaches, athletes and artists who have been judged on their leadership qualities.

Prior to coming to Princeton, Banghart spent four years from 2003-07 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, where she was a four-year letter-winner for the Big Green from 1996-2000. She was named first-team all-Ivy League in 1999 and 2000, and was a member of the all-Ivy League rookie team in 1997.

Banghart earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2000, and a master’s degree in writing and leadership development in 2007, both from Dartmouth.