Latta, who continues her professional playing career with the WNBA's Washington Mystics, returned to her alma mater after six years away from Chapel Hill.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Ivory back to the Carolina women's basketball program," head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "She was one of the most popular players we've ever had and I am sure that fans will be excited to see her back in Carmichael. As a professional in the WNBA and overseas, she has only expanded her knowledge of the game and I think she will be a great asset as both a coach and a recruiter."
Latta is a seven-year veteran of the WNBA and has made back-to-back all-star appearances during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. She led Washington to the playoffs once again in 2014 by scoring a team-leading 12.8 points per game. Latta also made a league-leading 81 made three-pointers during the season.
"The chance to come back and coach at my alma mater is a dream come true," Latta said. "This is the perfect next step for me to prepare for life after my playing career is over, and it will be an honor to join Coach Hatchell and her amazing staff. The chance to help give back some of what was given to me when I was a player is an incredible opportunity and I feel truly blessed."
Carolina's all-time leading scorer with 2,285 career points, Latta earned All-America honors her final three seasons, including consensus accolades in 2006 and 2007. She was named ACC Player of the Year in 2006 and is the only player in league history to earn ACC Tournament MVP honors in three consecutive seasons.
In addition to topping the UNC scoring chart, Latta also holds school records for career three-pointers made (345), career three-point percentage (.389) and career free throw percentage (.840). Her 345 career made threes are the most in ACC history. She also ranks fourth in career scoring average (16.6 ppg), second in career assists (599) and ninth in career steals (257) at Carolina.
A native of McConnells, S.C., Latta graduated from UNC in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sport science.