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Tim Banks
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Tim Banks
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 01/19/2010

Tim Banks, a 1995 graduate of CMU, spent three seasons (2007-09) as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater.

The defense showed dramatic improvement in 2009, leading the Mid-American Conference and ranking 17th nationally in scoring defense (18.9 ppg). The Chippewas also ranked fourth in the MAC in total defense (344.2 ypg) and second in rushing defense (122.9 ypg).

Despite a number of significant injuries and an abundance of youth, the Chippewas led the Mid-American Conference in rush defense in both 2007 and 2008, and the 2008 defensive unit led the conference in sacks with 35.

Four players earned All-MAC first team honors during Banks’ tenure: linebackers Red Keith and Ike Brown in 2007 and linebacker Nick Bellore (2008, 2009) and end Frank Zombo (2008, 2009). Banks worked directly with 2009 All-MAC third team cornerback Josh Gordy, who became the first Chippewa defensive back to earn All-MAC honors since 2003.

CMU generated five turnovers in a game four times during Banks' tenure, including a seven-turnover effort against Army in 2007. Cornerback Josh Gordy tied a school record with three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, against Army.

Largely due to injury, CMU used 19 different players in its defensive starting lineup in 2007. That number rose to 21 in 2008. Both seasons saw the Chippewas use nine different players in the starting lineup in the secondary alone.

Following the 2007 season, Banks was invited to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.

Banks had spent the previous four seasons at the University of Maryland before returning to his alma mater. He coached the Terrapins’ secondary in 2006 after spending his first three seasons with the inside linebackers.

Under his guidance, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team selection (2004-05), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and a Bednarik Award finalist (2005).

Jackson (Cleveland Browns) is one of three players Banks coached at Maryland who went on to play in the NFL. The others are linebacker David Holloway (Arizona Cardinals) and cornerback Josh Wilson (Seattle Seahawks).

Prior to Maryland, Banks spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Memphis (2001-02) and two years at Bowling Green (1999-00). At Memphis, the Tigers ranked ninth in Division I-A in pass defense in 2002—his only season working the cornerbacks.

Banks was a four-year letterman and two-time All-MAC second team selection (1993-94) at CMU. After redshirting as a true freshman during CMU’s 1990 championship season, Banks was a co-captain for the Chippewas’ 1994 MAC championship team and led the 1993 team in tackles with 105.

Banks graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.

Banks’ wife, Robin, is also a graduate of CMU.