HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former University of Hawaii assistant coach Mark Banker is headed back to Manoa. It was announced on Friday afternoon that Banker will join the Hawaii football coaching staff as an assistant head coach/linebackers coach under Nick Rolovich.
"Coach Banker's experience and love of Hawai'i made this an easy decision," UH head coach Nick Rolovich said in a statement. "He not only cares about UH football but for the people of Hawai'i and he appreciate the way the game is played here and the importance of football in the local community. His experience as a coach and recruiter of this state always stuck with him and the personal relationships he built with local families will only benefit our program in the future."
Banker previously spent one season with the Rainbow Warriors as a special teams and linebackers coach in 1995.
He has more than three and a half decades of coaching experience and notably transformed Oregon State into one of the best defensive units in the Pac-10/12. He spent 12 years as the Beavers defensive coordinator (2003-2014).
While in Corvallis, Banker's defensive units were regularly among the best in the Pac-12. Most notably, the 2007 defense led the nation in stopping the run and ranked eight in total defense.
Banker most recently spent two seasons in Lincoln, Nebraska where he served as the defensive coordinator for the Cornhuskers from 2015-2016.
During his time at Nebraska, Banker's defensive unit was ranked ninth in the country in run defense in 2015. The following year they were 14th in interceptions and 30th in total defense.
He 36 years of coaching experience also included a stint in the NFL. He was a DC for the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001.
His coaching resume also includes stops at Stanford (2002), OSU (1997-98), USC (1996), UH (1995), and Cal State Northridge (1981-94).