Carrie Banks begins her second season as an assistant coach of the University of South Florida women's basketball team. Banks comes to USF after spending two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) as assistant coach and at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), and the 2008-09 campaign as recruiting coordinator.
With the Bulls, Banks will be responsible for recruiting, practice and game preparation.
While with the Titans, Banks assisted in pre and postseason workouts for guards and assisted in practice and game preparation. Her efforts paid dividends as UDM produced a second team All-Horizon League selection (Sandi Brown) during the 2008-09 season. During the 2009-10 campaign, Brigid Mulroy was named a first team All-Horizon - while also finishing first in the State Farm Three-Point Shooting Contest at the Men's Final Four - and Yar Shayok was tabbed the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference.
In addition, over the past two seasons (2008-09, 2009-10), the Titans pulled off two wins over Top 25 foes, defeating No. 23 Georgia, 70-66, during 2008-09, and No. 23 Wisconsin-Green Bay, 71-55 last year.
Banks came to Detroit after pursuing her master's degree in journalism at Kent State University (KSU). While at KSU, Banks worked as a freelance reporter for the Big Ten Network and was also a color analyst for women's college basketball.
While in Ohio, Banks coached girls AAU basketball for four seasons and was also the junior varsity head women's basketball coach at Dublin Jerome High School from 2004-06.
Banks, who graduated from UDM in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications, was a four-year letterwinner for the Titans earning first team All-Mid-Continent Conference (MCC) honors as a senior (1999-00) and second team kudos as a junior (1998-99). In addition, she was a three-time All-MCC all-defensive team honoree beginning with her sophomore season (1997-98). Offensively, Banks was the first UDM player to record a triple-double (points, rebounds and assists), a feat she would eventually accomplish three times during her collegiate career.
Banks continued her playing career after UDM professionally overseas for Grupo Desportivo Bolacesto in V.N. Gaia, Portugal, from 2000-01.