UNC hires Princeton's Banghart as women's basketball coach

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Courtney Banghart built the Princeton women's basketball program to the point that winning conference championships and going to the NCAA Tournament seemingly became routine. Now she'll try to do the same at North Carolina.

UNC hired Banghart on Tuesday to be the Tar Heels' new coach. Her challenge in Chapel Hill includes going from an Ivy League school that didn't award athletic scholarships to recruiting for a power-conference program and building a contender in a league that features national powers Notre Dame and Louisville.

"I have aspirations to win a national championship," Banghart said Tuesday in a teleconference with reporters. "Otherwise, I wouldn't have left Princeton because it's a place that I love, it connects to my core values and we win all the time. ... We've just got to get started. It's going to take time, and that's OK. I've got time."

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