Ted Banks Resigns at Western New England

Ted Banks resigns wrestling head coaching post

Ted Banks has resigned his position as head coach at Western New England University after three years as head coach and six at the school overall. Banks had been a part time coach and is leaving the position for other business opportunities.

Head Coach Ted Banks ’05 Resigns Wrestling Post with the Golden Bears

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Ted Banks has resigned his position as the wrestling coach at Western New England University to pursue other business interests, it was announced today by athletics director Dr. Mike Theulen.

Banks led the Golden Bears for the past three seasons after serving as an assistant coach with the team from 2009 to 2012.

“We thank Ted for his contributions and years of service as both a student-athlete and then our wrestling coach at Western New England,” Theulen said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Banks added: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Western New England to pursue full-time employment opportunities. I will deeply miss team members and alumni I have worked with over the years.”

During his head coaching tenure, Banks coached two National Wrestling Coaches’ Association Scholar All-Americans and two-time NCAA qualifier Jamison Sacco who won the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional heavyweight title. Three Golden Bears were named All-Pilgrim Wrestling League after the program made its season debut in 2013-14. This past season, seven wrestlers made the conference’s all-academic team.

As an assistant, he helped coach two New England Wrestling Association All-Stars.

As a student-athlete for Western New England, Banks was a three-year team captain and starter at the 157- and 165-pound weight classes. He defeated numerous ranked opponents during his collegiate career. A native of Griswold, Conn., Banks earned his bachelor of arts degree in history in 2009 from WNE.

Banks was a three-year letterman in football and a state wrestling champion at Griswold High School, where he graduated in 2005. A two-time placer at the state meet, he was voted the most outstanding wrestler of the 2005 Connecticut Tournament at 160 pounds during his senior season.

A national search for the University’s next wrestling coach is under way.