July 30, 2014

Islanders Soccer Adds Kolby Banker as Assistant Coach

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi soccer team has added Kolby Banker to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Shanna Caldwell announced today. Banker comes to the Island University after four years as a player at St. Bonaventure University in New York.

"We are very excited to add Kolby to our staff," Caldwell said. "He is a bright and passionate young coach. His recent playing experience as a four-year starter and captain at St. Bonaventure will translate well with our players, and he will be able to relay information to them in a manner that they understand and respect. With Kolby having grown up with two coaches in the house he knows what the demands of the collegiate game are and will be prepared to excel."

Banker was a standout defender for the Bonnies, appearing in all 19 games and making 18 starts as a senior. In addition to providing a strong defensive presence, he also was able to jump in on the offensive end, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win over Niagara, when he headed home a corner kick at the far post. He also assisted on Brad Vanino's second goal in a victory over Howard on Sept. 8.

In his four-year career, the Grand Island, N.Y., native played in 66 games on the back line for the Bonnies, making 61 starts over that period. St. Bonaventure increased its win total in each of Banker's final three years. In his freshman campaign, his only goal came in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals against St. Louis.

Banker comes from a coaching pedigree, as both of his parents have spent time on the sidelines. His mother, Jenepher, coached basketball at Penn State-Behrend at the collegiate level, then went on to coach at Grand Island High School for 15 years. His father, Brett, coached softball and served as an assistant athletics director at Penn State-Behrend and is currently the Director of Coaching for the Grand Island Soccer Club. Banker's sister, Kallie, is on the women's basketball team at the University of Rhode Island.

Banker and the Islanders will get their 2014 campaign underway with an exhibition against Cisco College on Thursday, Aug. 14, and will open the regular season on the road against Houston on Friday, Aug. 22. A&M-Corpus Christi's home opener will be Friday, Sept. 5, against the University of Texas.

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