Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

The Duke coaching staff page now shows two openings, with associate head coach Hernando Planells no longer listed. Rene Haynes left the program last week after being named head coach at Long Island University.


The five-year contract for newly hired North Carolina head coach Courtney Banghart has her total compensation starting out at $650,000 for the first year.

Banghart will make $650,000 in total compensation in year one of her five-year contract, which includes her base salary, supplemental pay, money from Nike and personal expenses. Her compensation will increase by $20,000 each year until the remainder of her contract, which ends after the 2023-24 season.

She has the potential to make as much as $470,000 in bonus pay for achieving certain goals, such as making the NCAA tournament, her team accumulating a 3.0 GPA or better, winning the ACC regular season, etc.


Purdue adds former Vanderbilt and Xavier head coach Melanie Balcomb to the staff as senior associate head coach.

Purdue women’s basketball head coach announced the hiring of Melanie Balcomb to the Boilermaker staff Tuesday, hiring the 33-year coaching veteran as her Senior Associate Head Coach. Balcomb adds considerable depth and experience to the coaching roster with 23 seasons of head coaching experience, including 14 at Vanderbilt and seven at Xavier.

“Melanie brings invaluable experience and knowledge of the game to our program and has a brilliant offensive mindset,” said Versyp. “A proven winner with a high understanding of college dynamics, she brings incredible energy, recruiting ties from all over the country and an amazing passion for basketball. We’re thrilled to have her expertise and presence join the Boilermaker family.”


Nikki Blue, on the Grand Canyon staff the last two seasons, has been hired as an assistant coach at Arizona State, replacing Briann January, who is leaving the staff to focus on her career as a pro basketball player.

Arizona State University head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced the appointment of Nikki Blue as assistant coach.

Blue will be will be replacing former Sun Devil standout and current Phoenix Mercury guard Briann January, who will be stepping down from her coaching position to focus exclusively on her professional basketball career.


Texas Southern officially hires Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as the program’s new head coach.

One of the most decorated professional basketball players in the history of the sport, Cooper-Dyke served as TSU’s head coach during the 2012-13 season before taking the reins at her alma mater, Southern California. She led the Lady Tigers to a 20-12 and a trip to the postseason Women’s NIT in her only season at TSU.

“I’m thrilled to return to Houston and to Texas Southern, and to my Houston family,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I’m thrilled to lead the Lady Tigers and can’t wait to get started.”

Cooper-Dyke has 12 seasons of NCAA Division I coaching to her credit and has record of 220-163 during that time. She began her collegiate coaching career at Prairie View A&M, where she coached five seasons and led the Lady Panthers into the postseason four times.

She had a 70-57 record in four seasons at USC before stepping down in 2017. Cooper-Dyke provided color commentary for Texas Southern basketball home broadcasts on AT&T Sports Net Houston during the 2017-18 season.


Courtney Banghart has been officially named the new head coach at North Carolina. Her twelve-year record as Princeton head coach was 254-103 overall, 137-31 Ivy League.

“Courtney Banghart has proven she knows how to lead students to wins both on and off the court,” Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “She believes in developing strong character and a championship mentality, in recruiting and graduating players who want to serve their community, and in building relationships in and outside of her program. She is an outstanding addition to our department and University, and I am pleased to welcome Courtney and her family to our Carolina family.”

Banghart will sign a five-year contract with the Tar Heels and begin her official duties in the coming days. The terms of the agreement were approved by UNC’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday morning.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has made Carolina what it is: the women who have worn the Carolina blue, Coach Hatchell who hung a banner, the men’s program that brought us the Jumpman, the outstanding coaches who have been a model of consistent excellence, and the alumni who have loved this place with all their hearts,” Banghart said. “I’m honored to be your coach, and you will get my very best.”


Utah Valley is looking for a new head coach after Cathy Nixon accepted the position of senior associate athletic director at the university. She had a career record of 380-345 (.524) in 24 seasons as UVU’s head coach.

Utah Valley University Interim Athletic Director Dr. Jared Sumsion announced today that Cathy Nixon, the long-time head coach of women’s basketball, has accepted the position of senior associate athletic director at UVU, effective immediately.

The change marks an end to Nixon’s 28 total years of coaching at the university. Her 24-year tenure as head coach was longest in the WAC, and among the longest in all of NCAA Division I women’s basketball. Associate head coach Anthony Turner will serve as the interim head coach until a permanent replacement is hired.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity I had to coach so many great student-athletes,” Nixon said. “It takes a team effort on and off the court to succeed, and I’m grateful and indebted to everyone I’ve worked with over the years. I’m anxious to help UVU and its athletics program reach its highest potential with this new opportunity.”


Local reporter saying Princeton head Courtney Banghart is expected to be the new North Carolina coach.


The Houston Roundball Report now saying that Cynthia Cooper is the front-runner for the Texas Southern job, with an announcement possibly coming on Tuesday.


New Richmond head coach Aaron Roussell brings his Bucknell staff with him.

The University of Richmond women’s basketball head coach Aaron Roussell announced his complete Spider coaching staff in assistant coaches Jeanine Radice, Darren Guensch, Brittany Pinkney, Director of Basketball Operations Ryland Atkins and Video Coordinator John Studer.

“I am thrilled to have our staff from Bucknell joining me at Richmond,” Roussell said. “It is a group that has proven to work incredibly well together and this will be a tremendous boost to the women’s basketball program at University of Richmond.”



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