WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Football Head Coach Rob Sgarlata announced on Friday that Maurice Banks has been promoted to special teams coordinator. Banks - who has served as Georgetown’s defensive backs coach for the past three seasons, as well as a one-year stint in 2010 - replaces Kevin Doherty, who was promoted to defensive coordinator last month.
“I am very excited to announce Coach Maurice Banks as our new special teams coordinator,” Sgarlata said. “Moe brings a wealth of collegiate and professional experience to our staff. He is a talented and effective teacher and I look forward to him continuing to improve on our nationally-ranked special teams units from this past season.”
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be given this opportunity,” Banks said. “I’m excited to get to work with a great group of young men and to continue to help Coach Sgarlata build a championship program.”
Banks helped lead GU’s defensive backfield in 2016 that ranked third in the Patriot League with 13 interceptions. Junior Jelani Williamson tied for the PL lead with four interceptions. Overall as a defense, the Hoyas led the league in scoring defense (23.3) and ranked second in third-down conversion percentage (38.2). Georgetown ranked second in the nation in red zone defense (35.6). Banks also helped coach a special teams unit that led the country with eight blocked kicks.
He helped Ettian Scott to his second-consecutive Second Team All-Patriot League season in 2015, after he led Division I FCS with 19 pass breakups. In 2014, Banks helped mold GU’s young cornerback unit into a team strength. Scott finished among the PL leaders with four interceptions and 16 pass breakups and was selected Second Team All-Patriot League.
Prior to his return to Georgetown, Banks spent two seasons in Brazil where he served as the head coach for Rio Atlantico in Rio de Janeiro. He also served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Vasco Da Gama Patriotas and was the defensive coordinator for the Joinville Gladiators. He was a player/coach with the Corinthian (Austria) Black Lions in 2011. In 2010, Banks helped Jayah Kaisamba earn First Team All-Patriot League and ECAC Division I FCS First Team honors and Jeremy Moore earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors. While coaching at Georgetown, Banks was selected for the IFAF Senior World Championships, helping America to a gold medal.
Prior to his first coaching stint at Georgetown, Banks played for the Boise Burn of Arena Football League 2 (AFL2) after playing and coaching in Europe. In 2008, he was a player/coach with the Bergamo (Italy) Lions, working with the defensive backs while playing wide receiver, quarterback and special teams. Banks was also a player/coach for the Marburg (Germany) Mercenaries in 2007, playing defensive back and quarterback while coaching the defensive backs. He also coached a German youth team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Euro Bowl.
During his playing career on the Hilltop, Banks was a three-year starter and served as team captain in 2005. He was named All-Patriot League in 2004 and 2005 and earned the John L. Hagerty Outstanding Back Award in 2005.
Banks graduated from Georgetown in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in music.