TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — At least one position of the Alabama football coaching staff has officially been filled.
Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the hiring of Jeff Banks as the Crimson Tide’s special teams coordinator.
“We are pleased to be able to add a coach the caliber of Jeff Banks to our staff as special teams coordinator,” Saban said in a statement. “Jeff is well-respected across the country for his knowledge of the game and his ability to recruit. He is a great teacher and someone who will help our football team be successful. We are pleased to welcome Jeff and his family to Tuscaloosa.”
Banks comes to Alabama after five years as the tight ends and special teams coordinator for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. The Aggies boasted one of the nation’s top special teams units, ranking third nationally in net punting in 2017 and seventh in 2016. A&M also featured a top punt return unit, ranking second nationally this past season, averaging 17.1 ypr. He coached punter Drew Kaser to All-America honors in 2013 after averaging 47.4 ypp.
Typically, Alabama has had its special teams coordinator also coach the tight ends. Bobby Williams held that title in the past, and Joe Pannunzio did it this past season.
With the addition of a 10th on-field coach, Saban and Alabama have a little more flexibility in how the staff is set up.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Coach Saban’s staff at The University of Alabama and work with such a talented group of student-athletes,” Banks said in a statement. “Coach Saban has built an unbelievable program that has a long tradition of success. I’m really excited to get out on the road recruiting, and I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success this program has enjoyed.”
All such employment contracts are subject to approval by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees.