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Roman Banks
Interim A.D./Head MBB Coach

Roman Banks begins his sixth year at the helm of the SU program.  The Shreveport, Louisiana native became the 12th head coach in Jaguar men’s basketball history on May 1, 2011. 

Banks comes to Southern with a keen knowledge of the Baton Rouge community and surrounding Ark-La-Tex regions, along with his knowledge of recruiting and game preparation. He was worked extensively on athletic projects, including fundraisers with the community and has coached and lectured at numerous basketball camps throughout the state. He also brings a true knowledge and conception of the game of basketball and what the game brings to the community -- socially as well as economically. He also brings a strong work ethic.

In his first season Banks was faced with a lot of challenges.  He inherited a program that, in its past three years had a 17-74 record and the three worst seasons in program history. On top of that he lost three seniors and 50% of the scoring power and was faced with no post-season play due to poor APR scores reported before he got there, reduced workout and practice times, and a reduction in total scholarship allotment.

After taking over the program Banks got straight to work trying to implement and develop a winning culture from the court to the weight room, to the classroom and in changing their approach to study hall. Coach Banks with the help of his right hand Coach Kirschner they developed the programs slogan “We Are More Than A Basketball Program... We Are Family!” Coach Banks said “When you come here to play for Southern University you become part of my family and I want to do everything I can to help them be successful in basketball, but also in their careers and to be successful brothers, husbands, fathers and in life.” As a Jaguar, we hold you to higher standards, set by the young men who came before you and gave there all for the blue and gold. You will live together, travel together, eat together and be around other players and members of the basketball family on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We will have some good times, tough times and great times. We will challenge you to improve yourself each day, in every aspect, not just on the basketball court, but in the classroom and help develop life skills that will remain long after the ball stops bouncing. This is why I say “We Are More Than A Basketball Program… We Are Family.”

Despite all the nay sayers he was able to fight through the adversity and overcome it and guided the team to a 17-14 second place finish in the Southwestern Athletic Conference “SWAC.”  Earning coaching honors by being named the 2012 “LSWA” Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year.  Not only did you see a different team on the court but you could feel a different vive inside the F.G. Clark Activity Center, while the Jaguars were 9-2 at home during the 2011-12 season.

During his second season the Jags got off to a 1-5 start, but then went on a 15-2 run in their next 17 games, including a 53-51 emotional victory over Texas A&M in College Station against dear friend, former head coach and mentor Billy Kennedy on Dec. 22, 2012. Banks led the Jags to a 23-10 overall record and finished second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and claimed the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament where Southern came close to pulling off the biggest upset in tournament history over Gonzaga, the No. 1 overall seed and No.1 seed in the West Region narrowly defeated the 16th-seeded Jaguars, 64-58, in the first round. Under Banks' guidance, Southern finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record at home during the 2012-13 season, its most wins (23) since the 1989-90 season and second among Division I schools in field goal defense (36.7 percent) and 12th in scoring defense (57.3 points per game). Banks was then named the 2013 SWAC Co-Coach of the Year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Outstanding College Coach of the Year for the State of Louisiana, the “LSWA” Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year for the second straight season and the “LABC” Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Major-College Coach of the Year.   

But Banks’ accomplishments – noteworthy as they are because of what his team did in action – are magnified considering what he and his staff got his squad to do in the classroom posting back to back APR scores of 969 and 977.

Banks is no stranger to Southern University his father (Cleophus Banks), brother (Carlos Sample) and godfather (Bob Love) all played at Southern University.

Before coming to Southern Banks had served as Southeastern Louisiana University’s top men’s assistant basketball coach the past five seasons and has been with the Lions for 8 seasons. 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). He played a vital role in the Lions’ defensive effort in 2004-05 (under then Head Coach Billy Kennedy who is the current Texas A&M University Head Coach) as Southeastern finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense (55.8) and produced the school’s first-ever Southland Conference Tournament Championship and berth to 2005 NCAA Tournament.  Since his arrival in Hammond Banks played a key role in the recruitment of several of the Lions' standout players, highlighted by 2005-06 SLC Player of the Year Ricky Woods, along with All-Conference selections Daryl Cohen, Kevyn Green, Terry Bryant and Patrick Sullivan.

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 Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Black Coaches Association, is married to the former Tiffaney McCoy, a school teacher at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. They are the parents of two children, son Tre’lun (18) and daughter Kennedi (12). Coach Banks Coaching Record is 270-224.

Banks At A Glance                            

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Full Name: .......................Roman Patrick Banks

Birthdate:..............................October 23, 1969

Birthplace:................................Shreveport, La.

Wife’s Name:.......................................Tiffaney

Children:.....................Tre’lun (18), Kennedi (12)

High School:..........Captain Shreve High School

Bachelor’s Degree: ......Northwestern State University., 1993

Major:...................................Physical Education

COACHING CAREER

2011-present .................Southern University

                                             (Head Coach) 

2006-2011 ......................Southeastern Louisiana

.......................................(Associate Head Coach)

2003-2006.......................Southeastern Louisiana

.......................................(Assistant Coach)

1996-2002 .......................Southern University

........................................(Assistant Coach)

1994-96............................Southern University-Shreveport

........................................(Athletic Director/Head Men’s Basketball Coach)

1993-94............................Green Oaks High School

........................................(Head Coach)

ASSOCIATIONS

• National Association of Basketball Coaches

• Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches

• Black Coaches Association

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Position: Interim A.D./Head MBB Coach
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Alma Mater: Northwestern State
Graduating Year: 1993
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 225-771-5609
Email: roman_banks@subr.edu