|Coach Berube led the Jumbos to three NESCAC titles and four NCAA "Final Fours."|
MEDFORD – Carla Berube, who built the Tufts University women's basketball team into a national championship contender during 17 seasons with the Jumbos, is stepping down to accept a new position as head coach at Princeton University.
Berube will replace Courtney Banghart as the Tigers' head coach. Banghart stepped down at Princeton when she was hired as head coach at the University of North Carolina recently. A member of the Ivy League, Princeton was 22-10 in 2018-19 and secured the Ivy League regular season and tournament championships for the second straight year.
"With her tremendous success here at Tufts University and with USA Basketball, Carla has become one of the top coaches in the country," Tufts Director of Athletics John Morris said. "Princeton has made an outstanding hire – in Carla, the Tigers are getting a truly exceptional coach, educator and person to lead their women's basketball program. We are very sorry to see her go, and we are extremely grateful to Carla for her countless positive contributions to Tufts during her 17 years here. We wish Carla and her family all the best in this next step, and we will be cheering loudly for Carla and her continued success."
Coach Berube guided Tufts into the NCAA "Final Four" in four consecutive seasons (2014-17), including two straight appearances in the national championship game. During her tenure, the team received 11 NCAA berths overall and had a 33-13 record in those games (.717 winning percentage). The Jumbos made six consecutive "Elite Eight" appearances from 2014-19.
A national Coach of the Year honoree at Tufts, Berube was also selected as the head coach of the USA Basketball Women's U16 and U17 National Teams during her tenure at Tufts. She guided the teams to gold medals at the 2017 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Americas Championship and in the 2018 FIBA World Cup, and was twice presented with a USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award.
The Pat Summitt Trophy recipient as the 2015 United States Marine Corps / Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, Coach Berube's Jumbo teams compiled a 384-96 overall record for an outstanding .800 winning percentage that ranks in the top 10 among active coaches in Division III.
In the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Coach Berube guided Tufts to three conference titles and nine league championship game appearanbces overall. The team had a 55-5 record against league opponents from 2014-19 and a 96-20 record against conference opponents since 2007. Berube was a five-time NESCAC Coach of the Year.
A 1997 UConn graduate, Coach Berube was a member of the Huskies' 1995 NCAA Division I national championship team. She played professionally in the American Basketball League before getting into coaching as an assistant at Providence College. She was hired at Tufts in 2002.