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Mary Banker
Mary Banker
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints & Hurdles)

Mary Banker rejoined the track and field coaching staff at the University of Chicago in 2016, specializing in the sprints and hurdles.

Banker was an assistant at UChicago from 2003-­06, where she gained valuable experience working in all facets of the Maroons' program, including developing and implementing the training and strength programs for the sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps and throws athletes, managing all volunteer and paid assistants, as well as travel, recruiting and many other day-­to­-day activities.

A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Banker returned to her alma mater in 2006­-07 and was instrumental as the Titans won their second-straight national title. While in Oshkosh, Banker also managed the Titans' strength program and assisted with the program's recruiting efforts.

During her four years as an assistant in Oshkosh and Chicago, Banker coached three individual NCAA champions (200m, 400m, triple jump) and one NCAA title winning relay team (distance medley). She also coached 20 NCAA All-American performances by 12 different athletes and a total of 27 NCAA Championships qualifiers. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Chicago, Banker was an assistant for one season at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis.

Over the last several years, Banker has stayed in the realm of fitness and athletics as an on-air sports talk radio host, producer of several community outreach and charitable events the most notable being; Nike Chi-Talk and Madzilla, a Make-a-Wish movie for Maddex. In addition Banker gained her certification in Vinyasa Flow yoga and has instructed athletic teams, professional athletes and celebrities along with providing nutritional consulting. She currently works in expansion and development for Girls in the Game, a not-for-profit organization that teaches sports, nutrition, leadership and fitness to girls ages 7-18 within Chicago, Baltimore and Bloomington.

At Wisconsin­-Oshkosh, Banker graduated with a bachelor's degree in English, and went on to receive her masters in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama. Banker was a two-­time NCAA All-American for the Titans, a three­-time Academic All-­American and a seven-­time NCAA National Championships qualifier. She was also a member of five conference championship teams at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.