Penn Assistant Maurice ‘Moe’ Banks Will Lead Gettysburg Football Program

Maurice Banks, the new head coach of the Gettysburg College football team (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College Athletics)

Maurice Banks, the new head coach of the Gettysburg College football team (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College Athletics)

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief

Maurice “Moe” Banks, currently the Outside Linebackers Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 26th Head Coach of the Gettysburg College football team. He succeeds Kevin Burke, who left the program in December after two seasons during which the team posted a combined record of 2-18.

Banks coached at Penn, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly division I-AA) program, for one season and previously spent five years coaching defensive backs (during the last two of which he also coached special teams) at his alma mater, Georgetown. He has also coached internationally in Brazil and Austria.

In a release announcing Banks’ hiring, Executive Director of Athletics Mike Mattia said that Banks stood out in a “very talented pool.”

“He is an extremely competitive person with a strong sense of values and principles,” Mattia added. “His experience coaching in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues provides him the understanding of the high academic and high athletic achievement we are looking for in our prospective student athletes.”

Mattia had previously expressed a desire to hire a coach who would help turn around a program whose last winning season was in 2015, and Banks said that among his goals is to improve the team’s on-field performance.

“My immediate goal is to start working towards building a culture that values success with character,” he said. “We want to give our student-athletes a great experience during their time at Gettysburg, and part of that experience is winning. But we also want to build great young men who will go on to be great husbands, fathers, co-workers, and leaders while representing Gettysburg College well when they graduate.”

Banks is the first person of color to serve as head coach of the Gettysburg football team and is only the second African-American to head a Centennial Conference football program since the conference was created in 1983.

Banks will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gettysburgian from 2018 until 2020, Managing News Editor from 2017 until 2018, News Editor in the spring of 2017, and Staff Writer during the fall of 2016. During his tenure, he wrote 232 articles. He led teams that won two first place Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage (once of Bob Garthwait's resignation, and the other of Robert Spencer's visit to campus) and was part of the team that wrote a first-place trio of editorials in 2018. He also received recognition for a music review he wrote in 2019. A political science and public policy major with a music minor, he graduated in May of 2020 and will pursue a master's degree in public policy on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Manchester before enrolling in law school.

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