David Banks has been named as new First Assistant Coach for SD Flash. Photo Credit: SD Flash
Soccer News: SD Flash Announce Promotion of David Banks to Assistant Coach for 2013 NPSL Season
San Diego Flash Soccer Club President and Director of Player Development Warren Barton has promoted assistant coach David Banks to the position of First Assistant Coach for the 2013 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season. Banks will work with Head Coach Jerome Watson, who was promoted earlier after Barton stepped down.
"We are proud to have a quality coach like David as part of our Club, especially with his reputation in the San Diego soccer community." said Barton. "We believe his experience will help our players become better on and off the pitch."
David Banks was a bench coach of the West-South Champion San Diego Flash in 2012. He is also a former player with the San Diego Sockers and San Diego Flash.
David Banks was born in Wigan; a town in Greater Manchester, England. In 1978, Banks was fortunate to joined Wigan Athletic Football Club and was offered an apprentice professional contract upon leaving high school. He played 79 youth and reserve team games for Wigan over two seasons. After stints with Nottingham Forest, Shrewsbury and Preston he opted to travel to the US.
David has deep roots in the San Diego soccer community.
As a player, he was drafted in the summer of 1990 by the then eight-time world champions San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League. In 1991 the Sockers won the championship and Banks earned Rookie of the Year honors, leading the league in points, games, goals and hat tricks. In 1999, Banks played for the San Diego Flash of the USL A-League. He ended his career with the Flash in 2000. In that year, Banks was a second team USISL All Star and he played 25 games as the captain for the Flash.
Banks currently holds a USSF A license and has an extensive coaching resume. His U.S. coaching days began in 1992 with the La Jolla High School girls’ team. He coached three seasons, then returned in 2001, taking the team to win the CIF championship. In 1992 Banks also became the Director for Mesa Rovers before leaving to further his professional career. In 1999, he returned as Director of Coaching with the San Diego Fire F.C. youth club. At that time he also joined the University of California, San Diego women’s team as an assistant coach, a position he held until 2003.
Since 2004, Banks has been Director of Notts Forest Football Club, a youth soccer team in San Diego. David has also been recognized at the San Diego Hall of Champions as one of San Diego’s Top 100 Soccer Leaders in the Community.
About San Diego Flash: The Mission of the San Diego Flash Soccer Organization is to be an inspiration to the Youth Soccer Players in San Diego. Through our Partners, Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and others, we want to give older players the opportunity to play professionally in their hometown of San Diego. Since 2011, eight players have gone on to play in Major League Soccer or other higher leagues around the world. The San Diego Flash currently plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The NPSL has teams in over 60 soccer communities across the country and is the largest developmental soccer league in the United States.
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