Tim Banks was named the co-defensive coordinator at UC following three years in the same role at Central Michigan.
His 2009 CMU defense led the Mid-American Conference in scoring defense (18.9), ranked second in rushing defense (122.8), third in pass efficiency defense (117.4), and fourth in total defense (344.2).
The Chippewas led the Mid-American Conference in rush defense in both 2007 and 2008, and the 2008 defensive unit led the conference in sacks with 35.
Four players earned First Team all-MAC honors during Banks' tenure: linebackers Red Keith and Ike Brown in 2007 and linebacker Nick Bellore and end Frank Zombo in 2008 and 2009.
CMU generated five turnovers in a game three times during the last two seasons, including a seven-turnover effort against Army in 2007. Cornerback Josh Gordy tied a school record with three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, against Army.
Largely due to injury, CMU used 19 different players in its defensive starting lineup in 2007. That number rose to 21 in 2008. Both seasons saw the Chippewas use nine different players in the starting lineup in the secondary alone.
Following the 2007 season, Banks was invited to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.
"Tim is a very detailed and driven individual who not only has high expectations for himself but for our entire defense as well," said head coach Butch Jones. "He is a great coach, teacher, person and role model for our players."
Banks had spent the previous four seasons at the University of Maryland before returning to his alma mater. He coached the Terrapins' secondary in 2006 after spending his first three seasons with the inside linebackers.
Under his guidance, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team selection (2004-05), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and a Bednarik Award finalist (2005).
Jackson (Cleveland Browns) is one of three players Banks coached at Maryland who are now in the NFL. The others are linebacker David Holloway (Arizona Cardinals) and cornerback Josh Wilson (Seattle Seahawks).
Prior to Maryland, Banks spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Memphis (2001-02) and two years at Bowling Green (1999-00). At Memphis, the Tigers ranked ninth in Division I-A in pass defense in 2002--his only season working the cornerbacks.
Banks was a four-year letterman and two-time All-MAC second team selection (1993-94) at CMU. After redshirting as a true freshman during CMU's 1990 championship season, Banks was a co-captain for the Chippewas' 1994 MAC championship team and led the 1993 team in tackles with 105.
He graduated from Central Michigan in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in industrial management.