BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University has hired Doug Banks as an Associate Athletics Director for Development, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday.
Banks is responsible for the annual solicitation of Yosef Club donors and prospects to grow financial support for Appalachian State Athletics. He will have a primary focus of engaging Yosef Club members and prospects with face-to-face meetings, outreach, group settings and events.
“We are excited to welcome Doug to the Appalachian Family,” Gillin said. “He’s had a distinguished and successful career with experience at every level of college athletics. With his primary oversight of giving to the Yosef Club, he will play an important role at App State as we continue to work to fully fund scholarships for all of our sports.”
Banks came to Boone from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was the Senior Director of Development. Prior to that, he was the Associate A.D. for Development at Kansas from 2011-18, an Associate Athletic Director for Development at Illinois State from 2005-11 and an Assistant Director of Development at Kansas State from 1999-2005.
“I’m excited to be at Appalachian State and look forward to meeting and working with our loyal Mountaineer supporters, near and far,” Banks said. “It is exciting for me to be here in Boone after following App State from afar for over a decade. Passion, work ethic and vision are what college athletics is truly about, and it certainly exists here. The Yosef Club is our foundation, and we need to continue to grow our membership so our product continues to grow. With so many good things going on at App State, even greater heights can be reached collectively. Connecting with our people and providing a great experience for our student-athletes will always be at the forefront.”
Before he began working on the development side of college athletics, Banks coached football at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was also a Hall of Fame player. The school inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2016 thanks to a career in which he set school records for career receptions (121), receiving yards (2,190) and touchdowns (20).
After his college career ended in 1990, Banks signed with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and played professionally in Europe from 1993-95. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska-Kearney and later returned to his alma mater to earn his Master’s degree.