Banko is new ESJ football coach
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
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."
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
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.
will take the position last filled by Larry Dauterive, who resigned amidst controversy late last year.