Julian Banks has been hired by Northfield to take over its developing football program.
Banks was previously the coach at Adams City for the previous seasons. Before that, he was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, where he helped finish a 58-game shedding streak.
Banks’ teams had consecutive 3-7 groups playing in Class 4A beneath his tenure.
“Our choice was driven primarily by trying to build continuity within the program,” Northfield athletic director Micah Porter mentioned on Thursday. “He’s a younger coach that lives within the area who is very enthusiastic about investing in what’s going in.”
Banks takes over for James Hutchins, who started the junior varsity program last season. Northfield will once more be a JV staff this fall — the program is going by way of what Porter calls a “considerate rollout” towards varsity in 2018.
“Everything over there that they’re building, all of the new facilities, the group around it, all the involvement that I was seeing from final yr is great,” Banks mentioned on Thursday. “I had communication with coach Hutchins, and he was letting me learn about all the optimistic things that have been occurring over at Northfield. Once I saw that he had stepped down, I mentioned, ‘Man, that is really something that I’ve to be a part of.'”
Banks’ history at Adams Metropolis was of specific interest, Porter said.
“He really turned that program round from a struggling program into a competitive crew,” Porter said.
Banks, who performed school football at Northern Colorado, said that have will assist as he tries to build Northfield’s program into a varsity team.
“I learned quite a bit on learn how to build things, and things you search for as a coach and a head coach, methods to set the expectations for the weight room, for the apply subject,” Banks said. “That helps me going forward with Northfield and starting from scratch: hitting the hallways, hitting the pavement, trying to recruit kids in our school to return out to the football field.”
He added that the actual fact the Nighthawks will play a JV schedule in 2017 will solely help in preparation for the varsity move.
“One of many things I really loved doing was teaching the basics of the game,” Banks said. “We get to scale back and not need to put the pressure on the children of getting that varsity schedule, taking part in that varsity season.
“Yes, we need to win, we want to be competitive, however we also wish to make sure we’re teaching the basics, so once we do step up to the varsity stage, our kids are ready to go, now we have our fundamentals down, and we’re ready to compete right out of the gates.”