As coach, creator of road races, and author, University of Texas at El Paso coach Ted Banks’s awards and accomplishments could fill an entire program.
As Director of Track & Field at the University of Texas at El Paso from 1972-81, his victories included 17 NCAA championships (six cross country, six indoor, and five outdoor), 27 WAC Championships, 47 NCAA individual champions, and 189 All American honors. Those NCAA championships included the 1981 NCAA cross country title, in which the Miners set a record-low score of 17, only two points shy of a “perfect” team score, and NCAA triple crowns during the 1979-80 and 1980-81 school years. NCAA champion athletes he coached include Greg Joy, Peter Farmer, Bert Cameron, Suleiman Nyambuim, and Milt Ottey.
During this time, he also published two books, How to Teach Track & Field and Over the Hill and Dale. Most coaches would be proud to have such accomplishments at the end of their careers, but for Banks, they were only the beginning. From 1982-88, he directed promotional programs at major road races and marathons, including the Boston and New York marathons. As National Director of Running Promotions for Converse, Inc., he developed the company’s first line of track & field shoes.
He never stopped coaching and headed the Converse Track Camp for six years. His last coaching endeavor was at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California, where he coached the team to six state and twelve conference championships. For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.