Banks Joins Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame
MILWAUKEE (March 12, 2008) -- Points often define an indoor soccer player's success. In his six years with the Milwaukee Wave, Jimmy Banks didn't pile them up - 31 goals and 29 assists in 136 games.
Team success, another barometer for measuring players, also was tough to come by for Banks between 1987-93. The Wave won just one playoff series in that era.
So it's easy to forget that the Milwaukee native was one of the most decorated players ever to suit up for the Wave, thanks to his six years as a member of the U.S. national outdoor team and an appearance in the 1990 World Cup. He also has coached players from youth leagues up through college in his post-playing days, making a tremendous impact on the game in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
On Saturday, Banks will become the fifth former Wave player in the last three years to be inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame.
"To be recognized as a Hall of Famer in any sport at any level, personally, I consider it to be a tremendous honor," said Banks, now the head coach at Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Banks was the Wave's captain from 1990-93 and blocked 149 shots in those six seasons, earning all-star honors in 1992. Milwaukee had its first three winning seasons while Banks was on the team, and also scored its first playoff series win, over Chicago in 1989-90.
Internationally, Banks helped the United States qualify for its first World Cup in 40 years and had 35 caps. Though the entry ended with three defeats, the breakthrough set the stage for future success in subsequent World Cups.
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