Was a four-year starter for the Wildcats' defense... also played various positions on offense... received first-team All-District 7-5A three times... garnered All-Parish Defensive MVP... had 14 career interceptions, returning four for touchdowns... garnered first-team All-District in baseball as an infielder in 2014... played for head coach Phillip Banko.
A source has informed RiverParishFootball.com that Phillip Banko is out as East St. John's head football coach and athletic director.
The source informed RPF.com that Banko received a phone call Monday from East St. John High School coach Patricia Triche, who informed him that St. John Schools Superintendent Kevin George wanted to go in a different direction.
"We're hungry," said East St. John coach Phillip Banko.
"They say lightning can't strike twice in the same place," said Phillip Banko.
From a football standpoint, Banko and his East St. John Wildcats hope that will be the case Friday night.
RESERVE - Phillip Banko was officially named the new athletic director and head football coach of East St. John High School following a unanimous vote by the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board Tuesday.
Of Superintendent Courtney Millet's recommendation of Banko, Sanders said, "It went through the process of a committee.
Those who were present at the meeting got the chance to see Banko accept his new position with enthusiasm.
"I'm very flattered, very honored and very excited," said Banko.
"We'll make leaders of tomorrow and champions of today."
Banko said he intends to take a universal approach to the job and plans to work with junior high athletic programs as well as the parish's Department of Recreation.
"This community needs to come together, and it's going to," he said.
Banko seemed to enjoy across-the-board support from those board members present.
Millet recommended Banko for the position on the advice of the selection committee.
Banko was a former defensive coordinator at East St. John during 2007 and 2008 and was most recently defensive coordinator at Ponchatoula High School.He has also spent time coaching for the University of Miami and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
Banko will take the position last filled by Larry Dauterive, who resigned amidst controversy late last year.
The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board members who voted unanimously to hire Phillip Banko as East St. John High School's head coach and athletic director on Tuesday expressed optimism that the new coach will be the right fit for the Reserve school.
I'm very honored, and I'm really excited," Banko said after the vote.
"We're going to take young girls and young boys and form them into young men and young women."
Banko said he is available to start the job immediately.
He planned to meet with seniors and coaches Tuesday afternoon, he said, and would be talking to coaches to see who wanted to stay on staff.
"Our spring training is limited to 10 days," Banko said after the meeting.
"But it won't be a problem.
We're going to be fine."
Banko, who was the defensive coordinator at East St. John from 2007-08, described the team's schedule next year as tough.
Banko said he also wants transparency, telling board members his door is never closed and welcoming them to practices or to come by when the team is studying film.
But he talked most about his desire to build a strong connection between the team, the students and the community.
"I want kids to want to be a Wildcat," he said.
"I want people to be in the community and want to wear a Wildcat shirt."
He said many former players have expressed interest in coming back to help, as have members of the community, and he plans to let them be involved.
Banko most recently served as defensive coordinator at Ponchatoula High School.He worked four seasons as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns, as defensive coordinator at the University of West Georgia and as an assistant coach for NFL-Europe's Berlin Thunder.
"I'm an avid East St. John football fan.
I'm there every night," board member Keith Jones told Banko.
Jones encouraged Banko to remember that his team members would need guidance off the field as well.
But while the board members in attendance welcomed Banko at the meeting, Burl, Nicholas and Jack said they think that Tuesday's meeting never should have taken place.
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