Charles Bankins enters his third season at Vanderbilt as special teams
coordinator and tight ends coach under James Franklin.
After working alongside Franklin at Maryland in 2009-10, Bankins
brought his special teams expertise to Vanderbilt last year and quickly
achieved across-the-board Commodore improvement in the third phase
of football. In 2012, Bankins continued his remarkable job with Vanderbilt
Behind the placekicking of Carey Spear and the punting of Richard
Kent, the 'Dores put together arguably the finest combined special teams
effort in school history.
Spear was sensational, earning All-SEC honors after setting school
records with 20 field goals and 87 points scored by a kicker. He also
ranked among the SEC's most accurate kickers, hitting 83.3 percent of his
field goal attempts (20-of-24).
Kent wasn't outdone by Spear. The third-year starter averaged 44.9
yards, the fourth highest average ever by a Commodore. Kent's ability to
directionally punt was extremely effective in limiting returns and pinning
teams deep inside their 20-yard line.
Jonathan Krause also made huge strides as a punt returner. His
11.2-yard average in 2012 was the team's second highest in the 20 years.
Krause also became the first 'Dore since 1968 to score on two returns.
Bankins also mentored a young and improving corps of tight ends. A
pair of redshirt freshmen who developed nicely during the season, Steven
Scheu and Kris Kentera, combined for 18 receptions and three touchdown
Bankins has experience coaching offense, defense and special teams.
He also has coached at the NFL, collegiate and high school levels.
In 2010, Bankins' demonstrated his special teams expertise by mentoring Maryland punt returner Tony Logan to first team All-ACC honors. Logan, who returned two punts for touchdowns, also topped the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 18.8-yard punt return average. In 2009, another Bankins' standout at Maryland, Torrey Smith, earned All-ACC honors by breaking the conference single-season record for kickoff return yards. Smith now plays with the Baltimore Ravens. Bankins also groomed Nick Ferrara to freshman All-America honors as a placekicker in 2009.
Prior to working with Franklin at Maryland, Bankins enjoyed success as an assistant at the University of Richmond from 2007-08. In Bankins' final game as a Richmond coach, the Spiders claimed the 2008 NCAA FCS national title with a victory over Montana.
Bankins oversaw Richmond's superb special teams in 2008 when the Spiders ranked 27th nationally in punt returns and 22nd in kickoff coverage. In 2007, Richmond returner Justin Rogers was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year after posting a 30.4-yard kickoff return average.
Bankins had two stints at Hampton University (2000-04; 2006) and spent 2005 with the St. Louis Rams. While serving as an assistant special teams coach in St. Louis, the Rams improved from 32nd to 17th in NFL special teams rankings.
Bankins also coached a year at Indiana (Pa.) University and James Madison. He started coaching at his alma mater, Leonardtown H.S., in 1995.
Bankins played running back for James Madison, where he earned a
bachelor's degree in speech communications in 1994. He earned a master's from Eastern Kentucky in 1998.
Bankins and his wife, Katrina, are the parents of a daughter, Ashley, and son, William.
The Bankins File Personal Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1972 Hometown: Leonardtown, Md. Alma Mater: James Madison, 1994 Education: Bachelors, James Madison, 1995; Masters, Eastern Kentucky, 1997 Family: wife, Katrina; daughter, Ashley; son, William
Bankins' Coaching Career 2011-current - Vanderbilt (special teams coordinator/tight ends)
2009-10 - University of Maryland (special teams coordinator/tight ends) 2007-08 - Richmond (special teams coordinator/running backs) Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 2006 - Hampton (offensive coordinator/QBs/running backs) 2005 - St. Louis (assistant special teams coach) 2000-04 - Hampton (running backs/recruiting coordinator) 1999 - Indiana (Pa.) University (wide receivers/tight ends) 1998 - James Madison (wide receivers/tight ends 1996-97 - Eastern Kentucky (graduate assistant in '96, wide receivers in '97)