Carrie Banks

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Alma Mater Detroit Mercy, 2000

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Carrie Banks joined the Ohio State women’s basketball staff in July of 2016. She is an assistant coach as well as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Banks’ first year with the Buckeyes in 2016-17 was a great year as the team broke the school’s scoring mark for the second-straight season, scoring 2,999 points and also made a school-record 1,101 field goals. The 273 three-points and 85.7 scoring average were also the second-best marks in a single-season in school history.

Working primarily with posts on the court, Banks helped develop Stephanie Mavunga into the country’s most efficient rebounder as she averaged just over 20 rebounds per 40 minutes. Mavunga was named second team All-Big Ten while freshman center Tori McCoy took home All-Freshman Team honors. In 2017-18, Mavunga was a first team All-Big Ten honoree and averaged a double-double for the second-straight season at 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

Banks is also the program’s recruiting coordinator and she helped land a top-5 class in 2019. The class is comprised of four top-41 recruits and a pair of talented players from Europe. Highlighting the class is McDonald’s All-American and three-time Ohio Miss Basketball Kierstan Bell.

The Buckeyes have won 70 games over Banks’ first three seasons and won back-to-back Big Ten regular season crowns in 2017 and 2018 as well as the 2018 Big Ten Tournament title.

During her three seasons with Northwestern prior to coming to Columbus, Banks helped guide a young Northwestern squad to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years as well as a pair of WNIT berths. NU won a total of 58 games in her three seasons, including a 23-win campaign in 2014-15 which was the most wins in a season for the Wildcats in almost 20 years.

Banks worked closely with NU point guard Ashley Deary who, as a freshman, ranked in the top three in the Big Ten in assists, was an All-Big Ten honoree and a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award. She had another All-Big Ten season as a sophomore and in 2015-16, she led the NCAA with a school-record 141 steals en route to be named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. Deary was the only player in 2015-16 to average over four assists and steals per game.

Banks is no stranger to Ohio as she coached girls AAU basketball for four seasons and also was the junior varsity head women’s basketball coach at Dublin Jerome High School from 2004-06. She pursued her master’s degree in journalism at Kent State while working as a freelance reporter for the Big Ten Network and a color analyst for women’s basketball games.

Banks graduated from Detroit Mercy in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and was a four-year letterwinner for the Titans. She continued her playing career after UDM, competing professionally overseas for Grupo Desportivo Bolacesto in V.N. Gaia, Portugal, in 2000 and 2001.

She then returned to her alma mater prior to the 2007-08 season to serve as an assistant coach during the 2007-08 campaign and also added the role of recruiting coordinator in 2008-09. While with the Titans, Banks helped coach a number of All-Horizon League selections, including Brigid Mulroy (first team, 2010), Sandi Brown (second team, 2009) and Yar Shayok (2010 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and second-team honoree). Banks also helped guide UDM to wins over two top-25 foes.

She then joined Jose Fernandez’s staff at South Florida as an assistant coach for three seasons. Banks helped guide the Bulls to postseason appearances in each of her last two years with the program, including a trip to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Bulls posted a 22-11 record during the 2012-13 season and recorded a 71-70 upset of No. 7 seed Texas Tech on the Red Raiders’ home court during the first round of the NCAA tournament. While at USF, Banks was responsible for recruiting, practice and game preparation.