Tim Banks is in his fourth season at the University of Maryland, assuming the role of secondary coach after serving his first three seasons as the Terrapins' inside linebackers coach. Banks came to College Park from the University of Memphis.
In his first three seasons with the Terps, Banks helped coach a linebacking unit that was one of the keys to a defense that has been consistently among the national leaders since 2001. Under his tutelage, D'Qwell Jackson earned first team All-ACC honors in 2004 and 2005 while being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. A Bednarik Award finalist in 2005, Jackson led the ACC as a junior and senior and finished second in the NCAA in tackles as a senior with 137. The Terp defense ranked 21st nationally in 2004 and 15th in 2003 while boasting the nation's sixth-best scoring defense (15.6 ppg) in that inaugural season for Banks.
Banks joined the Memphis staff when former Clemson head coach Tommy West took the reins of the Tiger program in `01. He oversaw outside linebackers in his first season in Memphis before taking over as cornerbacks coach for the 2002 campaign. In his first season coaching cornerbacks, the Tigers finished ninth in Division I-A in pass defense, allowing an average of just 165.8 yards per game.
Now entering his 11th year of coaching at the collegiate level, Banks is another Terrapin coach with ties to recently-retired defensive coordinator Gary Blackney. Prior to his being hired at Memphis, Banks served as defensive backs coach at Bowling Green State under Blackney where he coached defensive backs. In Banks' first season coaching the secondary at Bowling Green, the Falcons posted immediate results, tripling their interception total from the previous year.
In addition to coaching under Blackney, Banks also served alongside current Terp assistant Al Seamonson, who was the Falcons' linebackers coach in 2000. All told, Banks spent two years as a full-time coach at BGSU -- both during the Blackney regime -- serving one (1999) as a running backs coach and the other (2000) in charge of the defensive backs.
Bowling Green was also the site of the start of Banks' coaching career as he was the school's graduate assistant for the 1996 season after completing his collegiate playing career. After serving that season working with the Falcons' defense, he was hired to his first full-time post, coaching defensive backs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. In his two seasons, he worked as the Bulldogs' defensive backs coach while also having a hand in the passing game and special teams.
A four-year letterwinner at cornerback for Central Michigan, Banks graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management. In his time with the Chippewas, Banks earned All-MAC honors as a junior and a senior while also being named his team's most valuable defensive back in those seasons. A co-captain his senior year, Banks finished his career with over 200 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Born December 16, 1971, Banks is a native of Detroit, Mich. He and his wife, Robin, were married in 1994.
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