Banks Named Michigan Stars FC Head Coach and Sporting Director

Published Mar 30, 2022

Banks Named Michigan Stars FC Head Coach and Sporting Director

Michigan Stars FC Owner George Juncaj announced today the hiring of Trevor Banks as the new head coach and sporting director for the club.
Banks, a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A-Senior" licensed coach, comes to Michigan from Chicago, IL where he was tasked with starting the men’s soccer division one program at Chicago State University and assisting in starting the Chicago House AC franchise in their inaugural 2021 Fall NISA season.

“Above all else, I have to thank my mom,” Banks said. “Her sacrifice and dedication to our family instilled a work ethic in me that I am forever grateful for. She is the sole reason why I am where I am in life. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Chicago House Athletic Club and Chicago State University. They give me the opportunity to be a part of two fantastic organizations. CSU and CHAC helped me to grow as a coach and more importantly as an individual, and I’m forever grateful for that. Having a hand in establishing a program was a dream come true. I am incredibly thankful to have been able to live that dream twice in the last year.

Thank you to George and Chris throughout this whole process. It became apparent right from the start this is a franchise I wanted to be a part of. I’m appreciative of their trust me to advance this franchise and progress the path to success. Now it’s time, I’m looking forward to kicking off the year on April 5th in the US Open Cup with the NISA season opener April 9th.”

Prior to Chicago, Banks was the associate head coach at Brown University of the Ivy League 2016 - 2020. Banks was a part of all aspects of the program and helped develop multiple award winners on and off the field, including three players selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Team, 19 All-Ivy selections, one named to the All-New England Freshman team, multiple Academic All-Ivy selections and one United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America honoree. In addition to his duties at Brown, Banks was also the technical director and coach of the 2002 Elite National Premier League team with Bruno United FC (a nonprofit youth soccer club based in Providence, RI, started by the Brown men's soccer program in 2002). In 2019, Banks and his 2002 Bruno team won the US Club Soccer Rhode Island State Championship and went on to make a run to the national finals of the US Club Soccer National Cup that same year.

Prior to his stint at Brown, Banks spent one season as an assistant coach at Villanova University (2015-16) where he helped with all aspects of the program, including recruiting. With Banks assistance in the recruiting efforts, Villanova brought in the first two (2016, 2017) top-20 ranked classes in program history. Additionally, he coached two players named to All-Big East teams, one named to the All-Big East Freshman team and one player named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team as well as multiple All-Big East academic award recipients.
Banks began his coaching career at William Woods University (2009-10) which made its first appearance in the conference semifinals, losing to eventual champion Park University.
Following his stint at William Woods, Banks spent one season working with the defensive core at Barry University (2011) and helped the team post a GAA of 0.90. During that time, Barry ended the season ranked 13th in the nation with a record of 12-3-6 (3-2-3 Conference), making an appearance in the conference finals and a run to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.

Banks spent three years at the Merchant Marine Academy (2012-14) and helped coach the Mariners to a record of 24-23-3 (13-9 Conference), a goal against average (GAA) of .87, 17 shutouts and two appearances in the Landmark Conference playoffs. During that time, he also worked with the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL 2 (2012-14). With the Rough Riders, Banks assisted in other aspects of training, the recruitment and signing of players and match evaluation. Banks also led the Long Island Rough Riders U20 Super Y League Team (Reserve Team).

A native of Carencro, Louisiana, Banks played collegiate soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan College (2006-09) where he earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising then continued his education, earning a master's degree in Athletic Administration from William Woods University (2010).