Princeton picks Tufts’ Carla Berube as new head coach

The Princeton Tigers have hired Carla Berube as their new head coach, giving them one of the most accomplished coaches in all of Division III basketball.

Berube comes to Princeton after 17 seasons at Tufts, where she led the Jumbos to four consecutive Final Fours from 2014 to 2017 and the Sweet 16 in each of her final eight seasons. In 2018-19, Tufts went 28-3 and fell to Scranton in the Elite Eight.

Overall, she went 386-96 at Tufts and an even more dominant 197-24 over the past seven seasons.

Berube’s winning track record extends back to college when she was a member of UConn’s first national championship team in 1995. The Huskies went undefeated that year. She also played briefly in the American Basketball League and served as an assistant at Providence.

“I feel incredibly honored and excited to be the next women’s basketball coach at Princeton University,” Berube said in a release. “I would like to thank Mollie Marcoux Samaan and the search committee for entrusting me with this truly special team and this unparalleled opportunity. Coach Banghart did a remarkable job establishing the program as a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League, and I am looking forward to building upon the winning tradition of the program on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

The Tigers are coming off a 22-10 season that included an Ivy League championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. After the season, head coach Courtney Banghart left to take the head coaching job at North Carolina.

Princeton is expected to return the bulk of a young team next year, including two-time Ivy League player of the year Bella Alarie, who averaged 22.8 points and 10.6 rebounds last year.

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