Duane Banks

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Duane D. Banks

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
  • Born ~1941

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Biographical Information[edit]

Duane Banks was a long-time college coach.

Banks was All-League at Northern Colorado and went to the 1960 College World Series; he also played basketball there for a year. He was 0 for 4 for the SRL Braves in his only game as a pro. He was head coach of the University of Iowa from 1970-1997, going 810-575-4. He took the school to the 1972 College World Series, their first (and as of 2011, only) appearance in a College World Series. He set school records for wins in a season (44 in 1981) and career. He was the college coach for future major league mainstays Jim Sundberg, Mike Boddicker and Cal Eldred most notably. Banks also managed Team USA in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, when they finished a disappointing 2-5 despite players like Jeff King, Kevin Brown, Jack McDowell and Matt Williams. Banks also was president of the American Baseball Coaches Association and is in the ABCA Hall of Fame. He later was a volunteer assistant coach at Mesa State College.

Sources: University of Northern Colorado, Mesa State College, USA Baseball