|Alma Mater:||Northwestern State|
Coach Roman Banks begins his 9th year on the bluff and 4th year as the Director of Athletics. During Coach Banks tenure at Southern has been distinguished by many accomplishments, including: successfully restructuring and redefining the mission of the athletic department, adding personnel in numerous administrative areas and recruiting a highly-skilled team of coaches, administrators and support staff.
Some accomplishments under Coach Banks tenure are listed below: For the first time since the 2013-2014 academic calendar, Southern University Athletics reached or won the SWAC Championship in three out of the four major revenue sports (Football 2018 SWAC Western Division Champions, Women’s Basketball SWAC Regular Season Champions 2017, 2018 and 2019, SWAC Tournament Champions 2019 and NCAA Tournament 2019, Baseball 2019 SWAC Western Division Champions, 2019 SWAC Tournament Champions and 2019 NCAA Baseball Regional). During the summer of 2018, SU Athletics finalized a five-year agreement with Under Armour to be the official sports apparel outfitter of the Southern University Athletic Department. SU is one of only two schools in the SWAC signed to Under Armour. SU also meet requirements of its proposed Gender Equity plan in restoring and upgrading the facility at Lady Jaguar Field. During the 2018 homecoming weekend, Southern University unveiled the new Student-Athlete Development Center (SADC) located next to the JK Haynes School of Nursing building. The SADC features meeting space, offices for members of the SU Athletics Academic and Compliance Staffs, a computer lab, quiet study rooms and a fueling station perfect for student-athletes to grab a nutritious snack in between practice and going to class. With the introduction of the SADC, SU Athletics continued its upward trajectory academically as revealed in the latest NCAA APR report released earlier this month. All SU programs met or exceeded the NCAA mandated 930 benchmark and two programs - baseball and women’s tennis - registered a perfect APR score of 1000 for their single year cohort in 2017-18. Football scored its highest APR score in the program’s history.
The Shreveport, Louisiana native was named the 12th head coach in Jaguar Men’s Basketball History on May 1, 2011. He guided the Jaguars for 7 years compiling a 114-85 overall record, 573% and 77-31 SWAC Record .713% winning percentage. In that time, he accomplished 2 NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2016, 2 SWAC Tournament Championships 2013 and 2016, 1 SWAC Tournament Championship Runner-Up 2015, 1 SWAC Regular Season Championship 2014 and 1 HBCU National Championship 2013.
Banks is no stranger to Southern University his father (HOF Cleophus Banks), brother (Carlos Sample), godfather (Bob Love), son (Tre’lun Banks) all played at Southern University. His daughter (Kennedi Banks) is a current SU cheerleader and nephew (Collyn Givens) is a current SU football player.
Before coming to Southern Banks had served as Southeastern Louisiana University associate head basketball coach. During his tenure in Hammond, Banks was part of a program that produced seven winning seasons (the most of any Division 1 school in the state of Louisiana) and 140 total wins (second to LSU's 144 wins from 2003-11).
Regarded as one of the top recruiters in the state of Louisiana, Banks spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Southern University where he served as the Jaguars’ chief recruiter. While at Southern, he was responsible for the recruitment of two-time Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Adarrial Smylie and Dionte Harvey, the 1997-98 SWAC Newcomer of the Year.
Banks, who played at Northwestern State and is remembered for sinking a decisive free throw with 12 seconds left in the Demons’ Dec. 7, 1988 85-82 upset over the University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena, Banks is all over the NSU record books as one of the top players in school history after his career as a guard from 1987-92. He ranks seventh all-time in scoring (1,454 points, 118 games, 12.3 average), second in assists (515, 4.4 average, set a career-high 157 assists in a season), third in steals (190, 1.5 spg). Banks was an All-Southland Conference selection (second team) in 1990, when he was also on the six-man All-Southland Tournament team. A severe hamstring injury halted his initial senior season in 1990-91, but he came back to lead the Demons in four categories as a senior in 1991-92, including the Demons in scoring (16.2 ppg) and helped lead NSU to their first winning season in five years where the team establish 23 school records while NSU topped NCAA Division 1 in points per game (95.0 ppg) Banks was named honorable mention All-Southland Conference and was a third-team All-Louisiana selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He was inducted into the Northwestern State “N” Club Hall of Fame in October of 2011.
Banks started his coaching career at Shreveport’s Green Oaks High School before spending two years at Southern University-Shreveport, where he was the Athletic Director and head men’s basketball coach. A native of Shreveport, Banks was a three-time All-District 2-4A selection at Captain Shreve High School where he averaged 22.7 points and 7.6 assists as a senior in helping lead the Gators to a 28-7 record.
Banks, a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Black Coaches Association, is married to the former Tiffaney McCoy, a guidance counselor at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. They are the parents of two children, son Tre’lun (24) and daughter Kennedi (19). Coach Banks Coaching Record is 270-224.