Julian Banks has been hired by Northfield to take over its growing football program.
Banks was beforehand the coach at Adams City for the previous seasons. Before that, he was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, where he helped finish a fifty eight-game dropping streak.
Banks’ teams had consecutive three-7 groups taking part in in Class 4A beneath his tenure.
“Our decision was pushed primarily by trying to build continuity within the program,” Northfield athletic director Micah Porter stated on Thursday. “He is a younger coach that lives in the space who may be very excited about investing in what is going on in.”
Banks takes over for James Hutchins, who started the junior varsity program last season. Northfield will again be a JV workforce this fall — the program goes via what Porter calls a “thoughtful rollout” towards varsity in 2018.
“Everything over there that they’re building, all of the new amenities, the neighborhood around it, all of the involvement that I was seeing from last year is nice,” Banks mentioned on Thursday. “I had communication with coach Hutchins, and he was letting me learn about all the optimistic things that had been taking place over at Northfield. After I saw that he had stepped down, I said, ‘Man, that is really something that I’ve to be a component of.'”
Banks’ history at Adams City was of specific interest, Porter said.
“He really turned that program around from a struggling program into a competitive staff,” Porter said.
Banks, who played school football at Northern Colorado, said that experience will help as he tries to build Northfield’s program right into a varsity team.
“I learned loads on how you can build things, and things you search for as a coach and a head coach, the right way to set the expectations for the load room, for the practice discipline,” Banks said. “That helps me going forward with Northfield and starting from scratch: hitting the hallways, hitting the pavement, trying to recruit children in our school to come back out to the football field.”
He added that the actual fact the Nighthawks will play a JV schedule in 2017 will solely assist in preparation for the varsity move.
“One of the things I really cherished doing was teaching the basics of the game,” Banks said. “We get to scale back and never should put the pressure on the youngsters of getting that varsity schedule, enjoying that varsity season.
“Yes, we wish to win, we need to be aggressive, however we additionally need to make certain we’re teaching the fundamentals, so after we do step as much as the varsity stage, our kids are ready to go, we have our fundamentals down, and we’re ready to compete proper out of the gates.”