By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/22/10
John. Banks has been named the head boys’ lacrosse coach at Hatboro-Horsham.
Banks, who played at Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins, served as an assistant coach at Central Bucks West the past four years. He replaces Dave Sowers, who resigned in the summer after leading the Hatters to a share of the Suburban One Continental Conference championship and a berth in the state playoffs last year.
Banks, a graduate of the famed Ward Melville program on Long Island, was head coach at Southampson High on Long Island from 2002-04. He also has been a youth coach for Deep Run Valley in bucks County for the past four years.
Banks was a scholastic All-American at Ward Melville for teams that went 24-0 in consecutive years. He also played on two Final Four teams at Hopkins.
Banks received another major honor in high school: being named the Lt. Ray Enners Award by the Suffolk County Boys Lacrosse Coaches Association. The award goes to the player that best exemplifies courage, teamwork, skill and leadership on and off the field.
Banks – who has five children aged 10 and younger – says he hopes to bring that type of leadership to Hatboro-Horsham.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and a good bunch of kids that work really hard,” he said. “My goals is to teach the kids how to play the game to increase their lacrosse IQ and understanding of what’s going on. When they are in situations, I want them to become thinkers rather than robots.
“Lacrosse for me has been a sport that has taught me many valuable life lessons and opened many doors to opportunities I may not have had. I have been fortunate enough throughout my involvement in lacrosse to be associated with many great mentors, who have taught me that there are no substitutes for hard work, determination and great sportsmanship.
“The reason that I decided I wanted to coach was to share some of the experiences I had with young players and in my own way give back to the game that I feel has given me so much.”