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Browns Coaching Staff
Phil Banko,Defensive Assistant
Banko joins the Browns from the University of Miami, where he was a graduate assistant for the last three seasons. Banko served as graduate assistant at Miami from 1998-2000 and helped the Hurricanes to three consecutive bowl appearances including a 2001 Sugar Bowl victory over Florida and a consensus No. 2 national ranking
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.
Banko recommended for East St. John High football coach job
St. John the Baptist Parish schools Superintendent Courtney Millet is recommending Phillip Banko to become the next head football coach and athletic director of East St. John High School. Banko, now the defensive coordinator at Pontchatoula High School, has been recommended to be the head football coach and athletic director at East St. John by Superintendent Courtney Millet. "However, Banko shined a little brighter than the others." An interview committee last week narrowed the search to Banko, East St. John interim head coach Ronald Barrilleaux and Donaldsonville High School head coach Terence Williams. Banko is the defensive coordinator at Ponchatoula High School and worked from 2007-08 as the defensive coordinator at East St. John. He worked for three years as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns. He also has served as the defensive coordinator at the University of West Georgia and as an assistant coach for NFL-Europe's Berlin Thunder.
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Ledford hired Philip Banko to replace Anthony last month.Banko, who coached the line for Berlin of NFL Europe this past spring, was an assistant for the Cleveland Browns under former coach Butch Davis from 2001-04.Banko will lean heavily on Perkins.
Phil BankoPhil Banko Phillip Banko is in his fourth season as defensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns.Banko assists in the development of the Browns defensive line.The Browns' 2003 defense ranked 15th in the NFL, the club's best overall defensive ranking since 1994 (7th).Cleveland also posted a sack in 15 of 16 games and ranked 2nd in the AFC, 3rd in the NFL in inside the 20 TD pct. (37.5 pct./48 possessions-18 TDs).The Browns' 2002 defense ranked 1st in the AFC, 2nd in the NFL in inside the 20 TD pct. (34.5 pct./55 possessions-19 TDs).In 2001, the Browns tied for fourth in the AFC and tied for 10th in the NFL with 43 sacks.Banko joined the Browns following three years (1998-2000) as a graduate assistant on Butch Davis' staff at the University of Miami (Fla.). Banko assisted with the defensive line and helped the Hurricanes to three consecutive bowl appearances, including a victory over Florida in the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl and a consensus No. 2 national ranking.Miami's 2000 defensive unit ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense (15.5 points per game) and eighth in passing defense (220.6 yards per game).While at Miami, Banko assisted in the development of NFL first round draft picks Jerome McDougle, William Joseph and Damione Lewis.Banko also assisted in coaching NFL players Matt Walters, Andrew Williams, and Jamaal Green.Banko coached in a variety of capacities at the high school level before joining Miami's staff.He played linebacker at Northeast Louisiana University in 1982.Banko received his master's degree from the University of Miami in 2000 and his bachelor's degree from Southern University in 1988.Banko and his wife, Laurie, are both natives of Belle Chasse, La.