Julian Banks has been hired by Northfield to take over its creating football program.
Banks was previously the coach at Adams City for the past two seasons. Before that, he was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, where he helped finish a 58-game dropping streak.
Banks’ groups had consecutive three-7 teams taking part in in Class 4A underneath his tenure.
“Our determination was pushed primarily by trying to build continuity within the program,” Northfield athletic director Micah Porter said on Thursday. “He is a young coach that lives in the area who could be very excited about investing in what’s going in.”
Banks takes over for James Hutchins, who started the junior varsity program final season. Northfield will once more be a JV group this fall — the program goes by means of what Porter calls a “considerate rollout” towards varsity in 2018.
“Everything over there that they’re building, all of the new amenities, the neighborhood around it, all of the involvement that I was seeing from last yr is great,” Banks stated on Thursday. “I had communication with coach Hutchins, and he was letting me find out about all of the constructive things that were happening over at Northfield. After I noticed that he had stepped down, I mentioned, ‘Man, that is really something that I’ve to be a part of.'”
Banks’ history at Adams City was of specific curiosity, Porter said.
“He really turned that program around from a struggling program right into a aggressive team,” Porter said.
Banks, who played school football at Northern Colorado, stated that have will assist as he tries to build Northfield’s program right into a varsity team.
“I discovered so much on the right way to build things, and things you search for as a coach and a head coach, how one can set the expectations for the load room, for the practice area,” Banks said. “That helps me going forward with Northfield and starting from scratch: hitting the hallways, hitting the pavement, trying to recruit kids in our school to return out to the football field.”
He added that the actual fact the Nighthawks will play a JV schedule in 2017 will only assist in preparation for the varsity move.
“One of the things I really loved doing was teaching the fundamentals of the game,” Banks said. “We get to scale back and never have to put the pressure on the children of getting that varsity schedule, taking part in that varsity season.
“Sure, we need to win, we need to be aggressive, but we also want to ensure we’re teaching the fundamentals, so once we do step as much as the varsity stage, our children are ready to go, we now have our fundamentals down, and we’re ready to compete proper out of the gates.”