Penn State Football: Tim Banks Hired As Co-Defensive Coordinator And Safeties Coach
January 18, 2016 10:20 AM
by Ben Jones
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Penn State head coach James Franklin announced on Monday morning that Tim Banks has been hired as the Nittany Lions’ co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Banks has 20 years of coaching experience, including nine as a defensive coordinator. He most recently spent four seasons at Illinois as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

“I am excited to have Tim join our Penn State Football family,” Franklin said. “Tim and I worked together at Maryland and built a great relationship there. He is a veteran coach with experience as a Big Ten coordinator and has strong Big Ten and regional recruiting ties. He is a fantastic person and will have a strong impact on our players and our program. We would like to welcome Tim and his wife, Robin, to Happy Valley.”

“I am excited about having an opportunity to work with Coach Franklin and his staff,” Banks said. “James is one of the brightest football minds in the country and it was just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Growing up in the Midwest, I saw Penn State play on TV almost every weekend and I know the history and tradition that this program has, so this is very much an honor and a humbling experience to join the Penn State family.”

Banks joins the Nittany Lions after spending the last four seasons at Illinois as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He helped the Fighting Illini to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014.

Prior to his time in Champaign, Banks spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats to the 2011 Big East Co-Champions.

Banks spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Central Michigan, helping the Chippewas win two Mid-American Conference titles. CMU led the Mid-American Conference in scoring defense (18.9), ranked second in rushing defense (122.8) and third in pass efficiency defense (117.4) in 2009. The defense led the 2009 Chippewas to a 12-2 overall record and the MAC Championship with an 8-0 mark, with an appearance in the 2010 GMAC Bowl.

Banks spent four seasons at Maryland, serving as the inside linebackers coach from 2003-05 and the defensive backs coach in 2006. He helped the Terps to the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl and the 2004 Gator Bowl. Banks and Franklin worked together for two seasons (2003-04) at Maryland when Franklin was the wide receivers coach and Banks was the inside linebackers coach.

Banks has also made coaching stops at Memphis as the defensive backs coach (2002) and outside linebackers coach (2001), Bowling Green as the defensive backs coach (2000) and running backs coach (1999), Ferris State as the defensive backs coach (1997-98) and Bowling Green as a graduate assistant (1996). At Memphis, the Tigers were ninth in FBS in pass defense in 2002.

Banks graduated from Central Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management in 1995. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Banks graduated from Martin Luther King High School.


Tim Banks Coaching Experience

2012-15: Illinois – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach

2010-11: Cincinnati – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach

2007-09: Central Michigan – Defensive Coordinator

2003-06: Maryland – Defensive Backs Coach (2006); Inside Linebackers Coach (2003-05)

2001-02: Memphis – Defensive Backs Coach (2002); Outside Linebacker Coach (2001)

1999-00: Bowling Green - Defensive Backs Coach (2000); Running Backs Coach (1999)

1997-98: Ferris State - Defensive Backs Coach

1996: Bowling Green – Graduate Assistant


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