Northfield names Julian Banks coach of its growing football program

Julian Banks has been hired by Northfield to take over its creating football program.

Banks was previously the coach at Adams Metropolis for the previous seasons. Before that, he was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, the place he helped finish a fifty eight-game dropping streak.

Banks’ teams had consecutive 3-7 teams playing in Class 4A below his tenure.

“Our determination was pushed primarily by trying to build continuity within the program,” Northfield athletic director Micah Porter stated on Thursday. “He is a younger coach that lives in the area who could be very enthusiastic about investing in what’s going in.”

Banks takes over for James Hutchins, who started the junior varsity program last season. Northfield will again be a JV staff this fall — the program goes by way of what Porter calls a “considerate rollout” towards varsity in 2018.

“Everything over there that they are building, all of the new facilities, the neighborhood round it, all the involvement that I was seeing from final yr is nice,” Banks mentioned on Thursday. “I had communication with coach Hutchins, and he was letting me learn about all the positive things that were occurring over at Northfield. When I saw that he had stepped down, I stated, ‘Man, that’s really something that I have to be a component of.'”

Banks’ history at Adams City was of explicit curiosity, Porter said.

“He really turned that program round from a struggling program right into a competitive crew,” Porter said.

Banks, who played faculty football at Northern Colorado, said that experience will help as he tries to build Northfield’s program right into a varsity team.

“I learned loads on how you can build things, and things you look for as a coach and a head coach, methods to set the expectations for the load room, for the observe discipline,” Banks said. “That helps me going forward with Northfield and ranging from scratch: hitting the hallways, hitting the pavement, making an attempt to recruit kids in our school to return out to the football field.”

He added that the fact the Nighthawks will play a JV schedule in 2017 will solely assist in preparation for the varsity move.

“One of the things I really beloved doing was teaching the basics of the game,” Banks said. “We get to scale back and not need to put the pressure on the children of having that varsity schedule, taking part in that varsity season.

“Yes, we need to win, we need to be competitive, however we also need to make certain we’re teaching the basics, so after we do step up to the varsity stage, our youngsters are ready to go, we’ve our fundamentals down, and we’re ready to compete right out of the gates.”