July 17, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern women’s basketball head coach Joe McKeown announced today the hiring of Carrie Banks as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Banks has more than five years of coaching experience, spending the last 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.”
Banks helped guide USF to postseason appearances in each of the last two years, 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.
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