From the El Paso Times this excerpt
A number of his guys were world class runners when they arrived in El Paso, but just having a bunch of runners of that level is no guarantee of success. To keep them all motivated to go on doing well could be a daunting task.
It would be interesting to find out how much he learned from those great runners and how much they learned from him. It was said that the program played pretty loose with the NCAA rules, but again that was speculation that can't be corroborated. Maybe some of our readers can bring those things to light.
I attended a track seminar somewhere back in those day and learned a valuable lesson from Banks who was one of the presenters. He talked about training frequency and doing what he called the "hard day , easy day' routine. I took that to heart, and adapted my training and found that it really worked better than the hammering I was doing to myself on an almost daily basis, and a significant reduction of injuries also came about from that advise.
After staying at UTEP only nine years Banks went on to work for Converse shoes in design and development. Not sure how long he was there. That phase was certainly less successful than his coaching days but probably much more lucrative.
Banks ran track at UCLA as an undergrad. He had three children and two grandchildren and wife to mourn his passing.