Change in plans: New hire leaving UVa. football program
“I was very much looking forward to having Jeff as a member of our staff,” London said. “We thought very highly of him. Knowing the position being presented to Jeff, I understand his desire to pursue that opportunity.
“We had considerable interest in this position from a number of quality coaches and now the task is to find an individual who will be able to help us reach our goals and improve as a football program.”
Banks was designated to coach Virginia’s running backs and serve as the special teams coordinator. He has 12 years experience coaching special teams in the collegiate ranks. He spent the last nine years at UTEP where he also coached the running backs.
“I would like to thank the University of Virginia, athletics director Craig Littlepage, Jon Oliver and Mike London for giving me an opportunity to coach at UVa,” Banks said. “I think there is a great future ahead for Virginia’s football program and I was excited about being a part of it.
“This was a very difficult decision for my family and me to make because we instantly fell in love with Charlottesville and the people here. I’m very fortunate to have been presented with both of these opportunities in such a short period of time. Ultimately, the opportunity to coach in the SEC with a friend was too hard to pass up.”