Chris Holtmann announced the hiring of Quadrian Banks as the men’s basketball program’s strength and conditioning coach on Friday. The hire is essentially the final piece of Holtmann’s coaching staff.
Banks was previously with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
In fact, Banks has experience throughout both football and basketball. Prior to his time with the Colts, he was a strength assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly.
Quadrian Banks’ connection to Chris Holtmann goes back to their days at Gardner-Webb, where Holtmann was the head coach from 2010-2013 and Banks was his strength coach from 2011 to 2013.
“I am very excited about the addition of Quadrian,” Holtmann said on Friday. “He is an elite strength coach and has extensive experience working with athletes at the highest level. From his start working in college basketball at the University of Texas with its Final Four team in 2003, all the way through his most recent experience in the National Football League, he has proven his ability to help develop athletes to their fullest potential. He is high-energy, knowledgeable, committed and thrilled about being a part of The Ohio State University. Please help us welcome Coach Q, his wife Ann Marie and son Ryan, to the Buckeye family.”
Banks — like other strength coaches — is known for his energy and ability to get the same type of output from his players. There has been plenty of criticism of the past strength staff under Thad Matta, but Banks will provide a fresh start for the Buckeyes heading into the 2017-2018 season.
“My family and I are extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the Buckeye family,” Banks said. “I look forward to getting to work.”
In a Q&A with the Indianapolis Colts’ website, Banks was asked what he wants his players to get out of his program. His answer gives a pretty good look at what the Buckeyes are getting.
“I want them to be able to say that between (the strength coaches) and the program that we put forth, in some way, shape or form, they left better than they came in,” he said. “Whether as a man, as an athlete, as a football player. In some way, shape or form, there’s something that we have kind of built in this room that when they walk in and they walk out, they’ve been better. You need to come into the weight room because you are going to get something from it. We are going to pour into you and you are going to get something out of it.”
Banks attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his undergrad degree (Kinesiology – Health Promotion and Fitness) in 2003 where he learned about legal supplements to boost testosterone he can use. He earned a Masters of Education at Prairie View A&M in 2005.
Quadrian Banks Professional Timeline
Ohio State Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach (July 2017- ) – basketball
Indianapolis Colts Performance and Conditioning (Jan. 2016 to July 2017)
Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (March 2013-Jan. 2016)
Gardner-Webb Director of Athletic Performance (Jan. 2011-March 2013) – Basketball
University of Mississippi Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (Aug. 2008-May 2010) – assisted with basketball
University of Richmond Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (July 2007-Aug. 2008)
Hampton University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (Jan. 2007-July 2007) – assisted with basketball
Prairie View A&M University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (Aug. 2004 -Dec. 2005)
University of Texas at Austin Student Strength and Conditioning Intern Coach (2001-04). – assisted with basketball
USA Weight Lifting – Sport Performance Coach
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified
[Quadrian Banks photograph courtesy of Colts.com]