Jan. 18, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman announced the hiring of Tim Banks, who spent the past two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, as defensive coordinator for the Illini on Tuesday. Banks oversaw an impressive defensive turnaround for the Bearcats over the past two years, which propelled them to a six-win improvement from 2010 to 2011.
"Tim Banks is a great fit for the University of Illinois," Beckman said. "He led an outstanding defense at Central Michigan and made a great improvement at Cincinnati this past season. Tim and I worked together at Bowling Green and I consider him one of the brightest young coaches in the nation. Tim will run a very aggressive defensive system that will work very well with our personnel."
Banks has spent the past five seasons as a defensive coordinator, the last two as a co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati and the previous three at Central Michigan. Under his guidance, the Bearcats improved 33 spots from 2010 to 2011 in the rushing defense national statistical rankings from No. 39 to No. 6, and moved up 21 spots in total defense from No. 63 to No. 42. Cincinnati led the nation in tackles for loss in 2011 after ranking No. 38 the year before, and also ranked No. 2 nationally in sacks in 2011, up from No. 38 in 2010. UC improved 48 spots in scoring defense from No. 68 in 2010 to No. 20 in 2011 and jumped 110 spots in turnover margin from No. 119 in 2010 to No. 9 in 2011, largely as a result of forcing 33 turnovers in 2011 compared to 14 in 2010. Cincinnati also improved 62 spots in pass efficiency defense from 2010 to 2011, moving from No. 106 to No. 44. After finishing 4-8 in 2010, the Bearcats rebounded to post a 10-3 record in 2011, including a win over Vanderbilt in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
In 2009, Banks' defense at Central Michigan led the Mid-American Conference in scoring defense, ranked second in rushing defense, third in pass efficiency defense and fourth in total defense. The Chippewas also led the MAC in rushing defense in both 2007 and 2008, and in sacks in 2008. Banks was invited to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy following the 2007 season.
Prior to his time at CMU, Banks spent four seasons at Maryland, coaching the secondary in 2006 after guiding the inside linebackers for three years. Three players he coached at Maryland reached the NFL: linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (Cleveland Browns), linebacker David Holloway (Arizona Cardinals) and cornerback Josh Wilson (Seattle Seahawks). Jackson was a two-time All-ACC first-team selection, ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and a finalist for the 2005 Bednarik Award.
Banks also coached two years at Memphis (2001-02) and two years at Bowling Green (1999-2000). He was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-MAC second-team selection as a cornerback for Central Michigan, and served as a co-captain for Chippewas 1994 MAC championship team. He also led the 1993 squad with 105 tackles.
Coaching Staff Assignments
Tim Beckman - head coach
Tim Banks - defensive coordinator/safeties
Billy Gonzales - co-offensive coordinator/receivers
Chris Beatty - co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Luke Butkus - offensive line
Steve Clinkscale - cornerbacks
Keith Gilmore - defensive line
Alex Golesh - tight ends/specialists/recruiting coordinator
Tim Salem - running backs/special teams coordinator
Mike Ward - linebackers