Atop Courtney Banghart’s office bookshelf is not only a series of reading material but also a shoe collection that would make nearly any sneakerhead jealous. The North Carolina Women’s Basketball coach chooses to spice up her office with a lineup of rare Jordan Brand shoes that include Retro 1’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 11’s, and the recently released 35’s, among others.
Also featured on her shelf are several books about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Dean Smith’s “A Coach’s Life,” and Jay Bilas’s memoir on toughness.
Did a little office remodel this morning.
Books and Basketball. It¨s how I roll´ thanks @Jumpman23 for the inspiration and style. pic.twitter.com/wjnzziK2Wt
！ Courtney Banghart (@CoachBanghart) May 27, 2021
Banghart’s electric persona has caught the eye of several major recruits since she replaced Sylvia Hatchell in 2019. After pulling in a five-member 2020 recruiting class that ranked No. 11 in the nation during her first offseason, Banghart signed one of UNC’s best classes in recent history in 2021.
UNC’s 2021 signed class is comprised of four top-20 players ！ Teonni Key (No. 9), Kayla McPherson (No. 17), Morasha Wiggins (No. 18), and Destiny Adams (No. 20). The class ranks No. 2 in the nation, according to ESPN rankings, and gives the Tar Heels their first top-five finish in the recruiting ranks since 2013.
Key, a five-star wing out of Cary, North Carolina, admitted the newfound energy Banghart brought to Chapel Hill made UNC an easy choice.
“What stood out the most was just how she’s brought life back to the UNC women’s basketball program,” Key told the Daily Tar Heel. “Since I live so close, I’ve been around there quite a while, and to see that it’s going in the right direction is really great. Her vision for the future is also amazing.
UNC fans hope Banghart’s success on the recruiting trail will result in more wins next season. After a 16-14 record in her first year as head coach, Banghart led the Tar Heels to a disappointing 13-11 record and first-round NCAA Tournament exit in year two.
Carolina has not won more than 20 games in a season since they went 26-9 in 2014-15.
Before coming to UNC, Banghart coached the Princeton Tigers, leading to five outright Ivy League championships from 2010-15. During the final year of that run, she was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year and led Princeton to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win with a victory over Green Bay.
A neuroscience major in college, Banghart also starred on the basketball court for the Ivy League’s Dartmouth Big Green from 1996-2000. She holds program records for three-pointers in a game, season, and career.
In 2003, Banghart returned to Dartmouth as an assistant coach until she took over the head job in 2007. During that time, she earned a master’s degree in writing and leadership development.