McNeill joins UNC Women’s Basketball Staff

Cory McNeill will join the UNC women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Courtney Banghart announced.

McNeill, who comes to Chapel Hill after five years at East Carolina, brings a wealth of experience in the collegiate ranks.

“We are thrilled to add Cory to our coaching staff and to the Carolina family,” Banghart said. “He is a proven winner, an experienced and talented coach, a dedicated skill developer, and an impactful recruiter. Cory brings upbeat and positive energy paired with a relentlessly competitive spirit. He will absolutely move our needle and we’re all excited to add this invaluable teammate to our Championship Pursuit.”

McNeill has made an impact at every stop. At ECU, he served as Associate Head Coach on Head Coach Kim McNeill’s staff and was part of a resurgence in the program, including a conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2023.

Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Hartford, helping Hawks improve their win total in each season, culminating in a 23-11 mark in 2018-19 and the program’s first appearance in the WNIT since 2013.

At Virginia, McNeill served on Head Coach Joanne Boyle’s staff, helping the Cavaliers to a 90-71 record and three WNIT appearances, including back-to-back berths in 2015 and 2016. 

McNeill served as an assistant coach at Georgetown from 2007-11. The Hoyas earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths for the first time in program history in 2010 and 2011 and made a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011. In addition, with McNeill’s prowess as a defensive coach, Georgetown became one of the nation’s leaders in forced turnovers and defensive field goal percentage.

His coaching career began at Coppin State. In five seasons, he led the Eagles to two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships, three regular-season MEAC Championships, two NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT appearance.

McNeill played college basketball at Morgan State, where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2002. He earned a master’s degree in public administration in 2005 from the University of Baltimore.

He is the father of 11-year-old twins, Gabby and Cayden McNeill.

“It is an honor to join the UNC women’s basketball staff,” McNeill said. “I’m extremely excited to step foot in Chapel Hill and begin my journey as a Tar Heel. I’m looking forward to immediately contributing my experience with recruiting, player development and assisting Coach Banghart with my basketball acumen.

“I want to thank Coach Banghart for the opportunity to work alongside her and the staff in continuing the legacy of this storied program in the ACC and nationally.”

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