Charles Bankins | Old Dominion University

Team: Old Dominion University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Special Teams Coor./RB
Hometown: Hollywood, Maryland


Charles Bankins begins his first season at Old Dominion as running backs coach and special teams coordinator.

“We are excited to have Charles Bankins join our football family. He is an outstanding coach and recruiter that has a great reputation with the Virginia high school coaches. Having played at JMU and coached at Hampton and Richmond, he is familiar with the area and the coaches in Virginia,” Wilder said. Recently at Vanderbilt his special teams and running backs performed at a high level. We had the opportunity to see his coaching up close when we played at Vanderbilt in 2014. In the tough SEC, he had nationally ranked special teams and his running back was very productive on a young team. I know our players will be excited to work with Coach Bankins.”

Bankins was the special teams coach at Vanderbilt the last five seasons and coached the running backs the last two seasons while coaching tight ends the previous three years.  Bankins’ kickoff coverage units ranked in the top-15 nationally twice while three of his specialists earned All-SEC accolades.  This past season, sophomore running back Ralph Webb rushed for the second-most yards in school history and the most ever by a sophomore.

“I’m excited for a chance to come back home to Hampton Roads. I lived in Hampton when my dad was at Fort Monroe.  It’s great to finally have an FBS program in a great recruiting area like Hampton Roads and I’m really looking forward to being able to recruit that talent and bring ODU Conference USA Championships,” Bankins said. “I have followed what Coach Wilder has done at ODU, laying a great foundation and I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m looking forward to this great opportunity.”

Prior to his tenure at Vanderbilt, Bankins spent two years at Maryland as the tight ends and special teams coordinator.  The Terps’ punt returner Tony Logan earned first-team All-ACC accolades and finished third in the country in punt return average while former NFL second round draft pink Torrey Smith earned All-ACC honors as a kick returner.  Bankins helped the University of Richmond to an FCS National Championship in 2008 and a CAA Championship in 2007 while coaching the special teams and running backs.  Before that he was the offensive coordinator at Hampton for the 2006 season, his second time with the school and was the assistant special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams under Mike Martz in 2005.

Bankins was at Hampton the five prior seasons, helping the Pirates to a MEAC Championship in 2004.  He also worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers as a special teams intern.  He began his coaching career as a wide receivers coach at Eastern Kentucky and helping them to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship before heading to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and helping them to the Division II semifinals. 

Bankins played running back at James Madison from 1990-92 and helped the Dukes to the 1991 I-AA playoffs.

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