Russell Banks is Middletown High School’s new head girls basketball coach, pending school-board approval. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Prep girls basketball: Middletown elevating Banks to head coaching job

He’s been coaching basketball for a number of years, most recently as the Middies’ varsity assistant.

“I am so proud to introduce the next leader and head coach of our girls basketball program, Mr. Russ Banks,” Middletown athletic director Aaron Zupka said in a release. “Our interview committee interviewed five strong candidates, but Coach Banks rose to the top quickly. Most of the Middletown community probably knows him very well as he has served on the staff of the Middies program for the last 14 years. Coach Banks brings a tremendous amount of passion, enthusiasm and accountability to the job, and he will push our student-athletes to be the best players and people they can be for their school and community.”

While a part of the Middletown girls program, Banks has also coached AAU basketball (Middletown Express), Middletown High School track and Middletown Middle School cross country. He is the head groundskeeper at Middletown City Schools with Sodexo, USA.

“I am very excited for this opportunity,” Banks said. “I’ve been blessed to be around some great coaches the past 14 years. Coaches like Scott Dalton, Kelven Moss and Kevin Aldridge, each having something to learn and grow from as a coach. Being from Middletown and living here my whole life makes this special for me. This community has always had great love for its student-athletes. We are going to give them a brand of basketball that our fans deserve and will be proud of. I am looking forward to the challenge and all that it brings.”

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