The State of Ohio assistant, Carrie Banks, appointed UNO women’s basketball head coach | UNO | Instant News

UNO has appointed the Assistant State of Ohio, Carrie Banks as her new women’s basketball coach.

He took over for Brittany Lange, whose contract was not renewed last month at the end of the season.

“Carrie rose to the top of our group of applicants because of the depth of her experience as a coach and recruiter,” said UNO Athletics Director Trev Alberts. “He has done an extraordinary job as an assistant coach at Ohio State, and he is ready to lead his own team.”

Banks said in a press release that he was waiting for the coaching job of his first college head.

“I was humbly chosen to lead the Omaha women’s basketball program,” he said. “This place is very rich in potential, leadership and vision and feels like home from the start.”

Banks, who mainly works with Ohio State positions, joined the Buckeyes staff in July 2016. He is also the program recruitment coordinator.

Ohio State enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of its first year there, breaking school grades while averaging 85.7 points per game.

Banks helped get a top-5 recruitment class in 2019 that included McDonald’s All-American, Miss Basketball, Ohio and a pair of players from Europe.

The Buckeyes played 21-12 this season, including a pair of wins over Nebraska. The State of Ohio won 10 of the last 13 matches and reached the final of the Big Ten tournament, where it lost to sixth-ranked Maryland.

The team is projected to be seeded No. 5 in the NCAA tournament before the COVID-19 outbreak stopped the sport.

The Buckeyes won 91 matches over the four seasons of Banks with the team. They won the ten consecutive Regular Season crowns in 2017 and 2018 and the 2018 Top Ten tournament titles.

Banks graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2000 with a degree in communications and was a four-year basketball winner for The Titans. He played professionally in Portugal for two seasons before returning to high school and the AAU team.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State while working as a freelance reporter for the Big Ten Network and color analyst for women’s basketball games.

Banks then became assistant coach at Detroit Mercy for two seasons and in South Florida for three seasons. He then spent three seasons as an assistant at Northwestern before taking on the Ohio State job.

He inherited the UNO program which was 7-23 overall last season and 2-14 in the Peak League.

“During the interview process, he articulated an interesting vision for the future of women’s basketball in Omaha,” Alberts said. “We can’t wait to help him build that vision into reality.”

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