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Janese Banks has been named as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team.
Banks spent last season as a graduate assistant at Auburn University, assisting in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball team. Following a three-year professional career, she got back into coaching as a volunteer coach at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2010.
"Janese is a person I have wanted on my staff from day one," head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "I know the players, recruits and Milwaukee community will be drawn to her charismatic personality. She knows the game really well and is ready and excited to develop our players. Janese's compassion for others, desire to serve and mentality to go after things are intangibles that will equate to great success in her future as a Panther."
Banks played at Wisconsin from 2004-08, averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game over the course of her career. She was named Third-Team All-Big Ten in 2008, Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2006 and 2007, and Academic All-Big Ten in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Badgers made two postseason appearances during her tenure, advancing to the WNIT in 2007 and 2008, earning runner-up honors in 2007. Banks also finished her career as just one of 10 Wisconsin players to score more than 1,500 career points.
Following her time at Wisconsin, Banks played professionally for three seasons in the Ukraine, Switzerland and Iceland. She played her final professional season in 2010-11, taking the court for U.M.F. Grindavik in Iceland.