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Tim Banks
Tim  Banks

Detroit, Mich.

Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan

• Banks is in his second season with the Nittany Lions as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach after spending four seasons at Illinois.
• In his first season at Penn State, Banks helped the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Championship by guiding a unit that finished 37th in FBS total defense (367.9), seventh in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86).
• Under Banks’ tutelage, junior safety Marcus Allen garnered 2016 All-Big Ten third team honors after leading the team with 110 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries.
• Allen also blocked the field goal attempt that led to Grant Haley’s scoop-and-score for the game-winning touchdown against No. 2 Ohio State.
• As the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Illinois in 2015, Banks led the Fighting Illini to 15th-place finish in FBS in passing yards allowed (184.4) and 21st in team passing efficiency defense (112.24).
• He helped the Fighting Illini to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014.
• Three players from the 2012 Illini defense were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft - Akeem Spence (4th round; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Terry Hawthorne (5th round; Pittsburgh Steelers) and Michael Buchanan (7th round; New England Patriots).
• 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-Championship.
• During his tenure, the Bearcats made significant improvement on defense, including finishing sixth in rushing defense the country, ninth in turnover margin and second in sacks in 2011.
• The defensive success helped propel Cincinnati to a win in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
• Banks coached 2011 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 NFL Draft second round pick Derek Wolfe as well as first-team All-Big East selections Drew Frey and JK Schaefer.
• Following the 2011 season, he was nominated for the Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year.
• Additionally, Banks spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Central Michigan, helping the Chippewas win two Mid-American Conference titles and three bowl appearances.
• 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.
• Under Banks’ 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).
• 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).


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