Charles Bankins | University of Charlotte

Team: University of Charlotte
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Special Teams Coordinator
Hometown: Hollywood, Maryland

Biography

Head coach Will Healy named Charles Bankins as Special Teams Coordinator, Feb. 10, 2020. Bankins, who has worked as a special teams coach or coordinator since 2005, spent the past four seasons as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Old Dominion. In 2018, the Monarchs ranked 16th in the FBS in punt return defense and 31st in punt return average. In 2017, ODU's Isaiah Harper was named Conference USA's Special Teams Player of the Year; Harper returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
             
"He's been a mentor for me," said Healy, who played for Bankins at Richmond. "He's one of the gurus in the special teams field and we're excited to add him to the staff."
             
"I'm extremely excited having been on the opposite sideline and seeing all the energy going on over there," said Bankins. "Coach Healy was a player when I was with him but he has that same energy. You see that on the sideline and you see that energy in the workouts. This group is excited about being at workouts and being in the weight room. These guys embrace the work and still have the discipline and attention to detail. They are able to mix discipline with youthful enthusiasm. At the end of the day, it's still a game and it's supposed to be fun and exciting."
             
Prior to joining Old Dominion, Bankins was the Special Teams Coordinator at Vanderbilt for five seasons. In Nashville, his kickoff coverage units twice ranked in the top 15 nationally. He was also the Special Teams Coordinator at Maryland for two seasons.
             
Bankins also coached special teams and running backs on Richmond's 2008 FCS National Championship team and 2007 Colonial Athletic Association Championship squad.
             
In 2006, he was the Offensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator at Hampton. The previous year, he enjoyed an NFL stint as assistant special teams coach under Mike Martz with the St. Louis Rams.
             
A 1994 James Madison graduate, the former running back coached at Eastern Kentucky, JMU and Indiana (Pa.), prior to a five-year run at Hampton that included special teams internships with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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