Jimmy Banks

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Jimmy Banks
Personal information
Full name James Banks
Date of birth (1964-09-02) September 2, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1983–1987 Milwaukee Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1993 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 136 (31)
National team
1986–1991 United States 36 (0)
Teams managed
1999– Milwaukee School of Engineering
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Jimmy" Banks (born September 2, 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired U.S.soccer defender. After a standout career at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Banks spent six seasons playing indoor soccer with the Milwaukee Wave. He also earned 35 caps with the national team between 1986 and 1991,[1] including two games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Since retiring from playing professionally, Banks has entered the coaching ranks with both youth clubs and the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's team.

Youth and college[edit]

Banks began playing soccer as a youth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from Custer High School in Milwaukee, he attended first the University of Wisconsin–Parkside then the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee where he earned All-American honors playing NCAA Division I soccer as first a forward, then a midfielder.

Milwaukee Wave[edit]

After graduation from Milwaukee, he was drafted by both the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Milwaukee Wave of the American Indoor Soccer Association. He decided to remain in Milwaukee and signed with the Wave for whom he played from 1987 to 1993. He was a league All Star in 1992.

National team[edit]

He earned his first national team cap in a scoreless tie with Canada on February 5, 1986.[2] He went on to play a total of 35 games with the senior team.[3] His national team highlights include starting two games of the 1990 FIFA World Cup against Italy and Austria; and playing as a member of the 1987 Pan American Games and World University Games soccer teams.


In 1999, he became the Head Coach of the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's soccer team, a position he holds today. He also served as the Director of Coaching of the Milwaukee Kickers.[4] While he retired from playing professionally, he continues playing with the Milwaukee Bavarians.

He remains a force in Milwaukee's inner city as a founder of an inner-city youth soccer camp and a full-time and volunteer worker with the Milwaukee Boy's and Girl's Club. His years of work with disadvantaged youth led to his being honored with the Community Spirit Award.

In 1999, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee inducted Banks into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[5]


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