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Nevada football adds Freddie Banks as cornerbacks coach

Freddie Banks
Freddie Banks joins Nevada after two years at Stephen F. Austin. (Stephen F. Austin athletics)

Nevada added Freddie Banks as its cornerbacks coach Thursday.

Banks comes to Nevada after two seasons as the cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Stephen F. Austin, an FCS school. The Lumberjacks were fifth in the Southland Conference in pass defense and second in pass efficiency defense last season. In 2018, the Lumberjacks were second in the Southland in pass defense.

The 31-year-old Banks played for newly hired defensive coordinator Brian Ward for one season at North Dakota State when Ward was a coach for the Bison.

"Freddie has a long history with Brian Ward and he's done a great job at Stephen F. Austin teaching the coverage techniques we want to employ," Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said in a news release. "He is an excellent recruiter and a great developer of corners."

Prior to his stint at Stephen F. Austin, Banks worked for three seasons at Division II Midwestern State as recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. During his time at Midwestern State, the Mustangs were 26-6 and made back-to-back NCAA Division II Playoff appearances in 2016 and 2017, including a 10-1 record in 2017.

"I want to say thank you to Coach Norvell and Coach Ward for this amazing opportunity to be part of the Nevada football program," Banks said in a news release. "There are high expectations here in Reno and we are going to exceed them. I can't wait to get started."

Prior to his time at Midwestern State, Banks spent a year as defensive coordinator at Livonia High School (La.). Banks also logged two seasons (2013 and 2014) at Nicholls in Thibodaux, La. Banks spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead.

As a player, Banks' career began at Mercyhurst (Pa.) before transferring to FCS school North Dakota State (2008-10). Banks started 12 games at cornerback for the Bison's first FCS playoff qualifying team in 2010. The 5-foot-9, 179-pounder amassed 48 tackles with an interception and six pass breakups as North Dakota State led the nation in total and scoring defense.

A 2006 graduate of Thornwood High School in South Holland, Ill., Banks earned a degree in sociology with a minor in advertising and public relations at North Dakota State in 2010.

Banks replaces David Lockwood, who was fired after the regular season. Nevada has one more defensive staff position open: safeties coach.

The File on Freddie Banks

Born: July 4, 1988

Hometown: Harvey, Ill.

Family: Wife – Candace Rena; Daughter – Dakota; Son – Aceson

Education: Bachelor's, North Dakota State (2010)

Coaching Experience

2020-present: Assistant Coach/CBs, Nevada

2018-2019: Assistant Coach/CBs, Stephen F. Austin

2016-18: Recruiting Coordinator/DBs Midwestern State

2015: Defensive Coordinator, Livonia HS (La.)

2013-14: Assistant Coach/CBs/Video Coordinator

2011-12: Defensive Coordinator/DBs, Minnesota State-Moorhead

Playing Experience

Mercyhurst (Pa.) and North Dakota State

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