Carrie Banks joined the Northwestern women's basketball program as an assistant coach in July of 2013. Before joining the Wildcats, she spent the previous three seasons at the University of South Florida.
"We are very excited to have Carrie join the Northwestern family," McKeown said. "She has had great success, both as a coach and a player, and brings a wealth of experience to the Wildcat program. Coming off the NCAA tournament this past year at the University of South Florida, she understands the highest levels of women's college basketball."
"I am honored to join the Northwestern women's basketball family and work alongside such a well-respected head coach in Joe McKeown, and a staff that has such a great passion and vision for this program," Banks said. "I am excited to be a part of such a prestigious academic institution that offers student-athletes the opportunity to play in one of the nation's best basketball conferences."
During her short time with the Wildcats, Banks helped guide a young Northwestern squad in 2013-14 that started three true freshmen, a sophomore and junior, to three wins over top-25 opponents along with a run in the 2014 WNIT where the NU reached the third round and accumulated 17 wins along the way. Banks worked closely with NU freshman point guard Ashley Deary who 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, which recognizes the nation's top point guard.
While at South Florida, Banks helped guide the Bulls to postseason appearances in each of the 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.
Before she arrived at USF, Banks spent two seasons at her alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy. She served as an assistant coach during the 2007-08 campaign and also had 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.
Banks came to Detroit after pursuing her master's degree in journalism at Kent State University (KSU). While at KSU, Banks worked as a freelance reporter for the Big Ten Network and also was a color analyst for women's college basketball.
While in Ohio, Banks 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.
Banks, who graduated from UDM in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications, 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, from 2000-01.