Charles Bankins is in his second season as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at Maryland, having been hired in February, 2009.
Bankins has experience coaching offense and special teams at the collegiate and professional levels.
Bankins' demonstrated his special teams expertise last season as the Terps produced an All-American and an all-league performer.
Torrey Smith set the ACC single-season kickoff return yards mark for the second straight season en route to second team All-ACC honors. Smith returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and posted 2,192 all-purpose yards, a Maryland single-season record and the second-highest total in ACC history.
Bankins also groomed Nick Ferrara, who earned freshman All-America honors as a place-kicker and served as the No. 1 punter for five games.
Bankins also had quite a bit of success at his last stop, serving as an assistant at the University of Richmond, which captured the 2008 NCAA Football Championship Subdivsion (FCS) title.
During Bankins' two-year stint as Richmond's running backs coach, the Spiders had one of the most prolific rushing attacks in the country.
In 2008, the Spiders had the 24th-ranked offense in the nation, led by Josh Vaughan who rushed for 1,884 yards.
In 2007, the Richmond rushing attack ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Conference and No. 12 nationally (234.6 yards per game). Tim Hightower, a fifth-round choice of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFL Draft, headlined the ground game with 20 touchdowns and 1,924 rushing yards (sixth in the NCAA). Both of those marks are school records, two of the 12 Hightower holds.
Hightower, the Spiders' all-time leading rusher, is one of eight players coached by Bankins to reach the NFL.
Bankins also oversaw Richmond's special teams in 2008 when the Spiders ranked 27th nationally in punt returns (12.0 yards per return) and 22nd in kickoff coverage (18.0 ypr). Individually, Derek Hatcher ranked 25th in punt returns (10.8 ypg).
A native of Leonardtown, Md., Bankins had two stints at Hampton University (2000-04; 2006) and spent the 2005 season with the St. Louis Rams.
He served as Hampton's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator in his first tour of duty before returning as the offensive coordinator for the 2006 season. With Bankins mentoring the backfield, Hampton saw all-time leading rusher Montrell Coley win the 2000 Division I-AA scoring title (172 points) and lead the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 1,582 yards on the ground.
In the 2003 Super Bowl, Darian Barnes, another Bankins product from Hampton, started at fullback for the World Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2004, Howard's Alonzo Coleman and Ardell Daniels became the only pair of Division I-AA running backs to each rush for more than 1,000 yards. The duo then repeated that performance a year later.
Though in line to become the next offensive coordinator, Bankins left Hampton after the 2004 season to serve as an assistant special teams coach with the Rams.
While on Mike Martz's staff, Bankins helped the Rams' special teams corps improve 15 spots, from an NFL ranking of 32nd to 17th by season's end.
He got his first taste of the NFL in 2002, spending the summer as a minority-coaching intern for the Green Bay Packers. Bankins was also a special teams intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the summer of 2004.
In addition, Bankins was named to the 2004 NCAA Expert Coaching Academy.
Bankins lettered three years (1990-92) at running back for James Madison University. He was tabbed the most improved player in the spring of 1991.
He earned his bachelor's degree in 1994, majoring in speech communication with a minor in political science. He also earned a graduate degree from Eastern Kentucky where he coached wide receivers in 1997. He was also a graduate assistant and academic advisor in 1996.
He got his coaching start at his alma mater, Leonardstown High School, in 1995 when he served as the special teams coordinator and offensive backfield coach.
Bankins went on to coach wide receivers and tight ends for one season at both James Madison (1998) and Indiana (Pa.) University (1999).
Bankins and his wife, Katrina, have one daughter, Ashley, and a son, William.
The Bankins File
PersonalDate of Birth: Aug. 4, 1972
Hometown: Leonardtown, Md.
Alma Mater: James Madison `94
2009-pr.: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
2007-08: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
2006: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs/Running Backs
2005: Assistant Special Teams Coach
2000-04: Assistant Coach - Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
Indiana (Pa.) University
1999: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
1998: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
1997: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
1996: Graduate Assistant
Leonardstown (Md.) High School
1995: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Offensive Backfield
Playing ExperienceJames Madison
1990-92: Running Back