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03-29-19 09:32 AM - Post#283034    

There are high major job openings up at Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Penn State.

While not at the top of the list for Tennessee, Coach Banghart's name has been mentioned by a number of sports writers.

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/college/ univ...

- Rising talents
Courtney Banghart
Current job: Princeton coach

Princeton is the only head coaching job Banghart has ever had, and she's thrived in the role. She's led the Tigers to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in her 12 seasons as coach. Princeton had never made the Big Dance before hiring Banghart.

Banghart, 40, has never coached in college outside the Ivy League. Her first college job was as an assistant at Dartmouth, her alma mater.

She was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year following the 2014-15 season, when Princeton went 31-1 and reached the NCAA tournament's second round. Also in 2015, Fortune Magazine named her among the world's 50 greatest leaders. -


- As far as hiring someone with a big name, some possibilities would include Louisville’s Jeff Walz, Maryland’s Brenda Frese, Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier, Princeton’s Courtney Banghart and Oregon State’s Scott Rueck. -

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/3/27/387277/Dan- ...

- Solid credentials: UCLA’s Cori Close, Princeton’s Courtney Banghart, Central Florida’s Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, Rice’s Tina Langley, Drake’s Jennie Baranczyk and Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier.

Among this group, Close has coached UCLA to four consecutive Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight last season.

Banghart was the Naismith national coach of the year in 2015, leading the Tigers to 31 victories. She has 254 victories in 12 seasons and has taken a program that had never qualified for the NCAA tournament to eight appearances in the past 10 years. -

There has been no info as of yet about possible replacements at GT and PSU.

If the Coach returns for next year, it might be worthwhile to keep an eye on Wake Forest. WF just hired a new AD, John Currie, who previously worked at Kansas State and Tennessee. After being fired at Tennessee in 12/2017, he taught a one week class at Columbia for their Sports Management Program.

At his introductory press conference, he was asked about the class he taught and mentioned that he is close friends with Robin Harris. Harris and Coach Banghart both came to the class to talk to his students.

https://247sports.com/college/wake-forest/L ongForm...

- Luckily for me, they have curriculum designers with course outcomes — modules and all this sharp academic stuff, They had two sharp women who helped me design the class. The cool thing about it was the guest speakers I was able to get to come. We had 15 grad students. It’s a seminar-type deal that went all day. We had Robin Harris, who is a really good friend who is executive director of the Ivy Group, who is like their commissioner. Her husband went to K State. Then we had Greg Sankey who came and spent an hour-and-a-half. We was awesome and is a great friend. We had Courtney Banghart, who is the women’s basketball coach at Princeton. She’s an incredible coach. -

The WF women's coach, Jen Hoover, has been there for 7 seasons and just finished her worst season at 10-20 (1-15). In her other 6 years, her best year was 17-16 (6-10) in 2015-2016 and she has not done better than 9th in the ACC.

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03-29-19 04:48 PM - Post#283091    
    In response to rbg

I'm sure that Coach Banghart would be a good option for many high-major openings, but I also think she will want to be at Princeton for the 2019-20 season. It will be Bella Alarie's senior year, and with the group of returnees and newcomers, Princeton should be a leading contender for the Ivy League title.

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03-30-19 11:56 AM - Post#283103    
    In response to westcoast

l’m betting on Banghart to be a Tiger for life. She is a great coach, role model and teacher. Sure, she could leave and make more $ elsewhere. She would instill the same values wherever she ended up. However, at Princeton she is valued for much more than her WL record. I believe that the only job that would lure her from Princeton would be something beyond coaching. She’s a perfect fit here and would make a great AD at which time she could decide whether she wanted to go beyond the U to, possibly, the NCAA (which could use her help!). But at PU she works with the Best and the Brightest.

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03-31-19 09:20 AM - Post#283110    
    In response to Tiger69

Over the past 10 years, Coach Banghart has been the most successful women's or men's IL basketball coach by far. Her win/loss record over 10 years is 221-66 with a 16-14 season. Next year, the Tigers could be something special. Princeton took a chance hiring her and it has obviously paid off.

It is easy to understand why she is so good after listening to her weekly podcast, The Court Report. She is simply that good.

It would not surprise me if she looks at other options after next year. She is a driven person and she may simply want the challenge. If Tennessee offered her the job, very unlikely, I think that she would have to take it but hopefully, she stays a Tiger.

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04-09-19 08:48 AM - Post#283435    
    In response to bradley

The Tennessee coaching position is going to Kellie Harper of Missouri State. Harper is a former Tennessee player ('95-'99), who won 3 titles playing under Pat Summit.

She coached at NC State for 4 years, but was fired in 2013. Since then, she has been at Missouri State ever since. This year, her team made it to the NCAA Tournament and she was named Kay Yow Coach of the Year.

Georgia Tech is the last high profile program without a coach. The only name that has publicly been linked to that job is Buffalo's Felisha Legette-Jack.

There is a possibility that UNC could open up, depending on the results of an internal investigation of their head coach and her staff.

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04-09-19 04:53 PM - Post#283468    
    In response to rbg

Am I.crazy, or have there been more of these players-treatment issues going public in the women's game than in the men's?

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04-09-19 05:22 PM - Post#283478    
    In response to SRP

  • SRP Said:
Am I.crazy, or have there been more of these players-treatment issues going public in the women's game than in the men's?

Former Dartmouth coaches Terry Dunn and Amy Patton both say "hi."

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04-11-19 09:09 AM - Post#283549    
    In response to Go Green

Georgia Tech ended up choosing Nell Fortner as its new women's head coach.

Fortner coached Purdue in '96-'97 (17-11 record), then led USA Basketball from '97-'00 (winning a gold at the '00 Olympics). She then went to Indiana in the WNBA from '01-'03 (42-56 record) before going to Auburn from '03-'12.

At Auburn, she was 145-106 overall and 53-65 in the SEC. Her best year was '08-'09 when she went 30-4 (12-2), won the SEC and made it to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. After that, her last three years at Auburn were 44-49 (18-30) with only 1 WNIT appearance.

After leaving Auburn, she has been doing broadcasting for ESPN.

Maybe she's the right choice for GT, but it would seem that they could have done better.

Coach Banghart's name has been mentioned at Missouri State as they look to replace Kellie Harper. Hard to see that one happening, but it's interesting that her name is getting mentioned more in the coaching carousel this year than in the past.

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04-19-19 09:48 AM - Post#283800    
    In response to rbg

It looks like there's a new high profile job opened up as UNC's Sylvia Hatchell has resigned following an investigation over concerns brought from the players.

https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/article2288929 ...

UNC brought in a Charlotte law firm to investigate the culture of the program. The firm found the coach made comments that were racially insensitive, pressured players and medical staff to get players back on the court before they were medically cleared. and a breakdown of connectivity between players and the coach.

Hatchell coached at UNC since 1986 and won the 1994 NCAA title. They missed the Tournament from 2016-2018 and lost in the first round this year.

I'm guessing Coach Banghart's name will pop up for this job, like it has for other high profile programs, but UNC will probably choose someone else.

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04-19-19 09:51 AM - Post#283802    
    In response to rbg

Stop freightening me!

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