January 22, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State football players Jeff Banks and Bryant Thomas have been chosen by Coach Mike Price to fill the graduate assistant coaching positions on the Cougar coaching staff.
Banks will be the offensive graduate assistant coach and his main duties include working with the kickers and punters. Banks earned two varsity letters as a punter for the Cougars and ended his WSU career averaging 43.06 yards per punt. As a senior, the 1993 graduate of Bishop Amat High in Upland, Calif., was named to the Pac-10 second team as voted by the league's coaches. Banks was also awarded the AT&T long distance award for the longest punt average the week of the Boise State game, averaging 53.0 yards per punt.
Thomas joins the coaching staff as the defensive graduate assistant coach and will assist with the secondary. The Carson, Calif. native earned four WSU varsity letters, three as a wide receiver and one his senior year when he moved to safety. He was also a member of special teams. Thomas, a former San Pedro High star, ended his WSU receiving career with 52 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns. As a backup safety, he recorded eight tackles.
Both Banks and Thomas completed their undergraduate degrees at WSU last fall.
"We're excited to have both former players join our staff," said Price. "Bryant will be able to help in a number or areas and having Jeff to work with the kickers and punters will be vital to our success."
The new graduate assistants replace James Ward and James Franklin who took coaching positions with former Cougar coach Larry Lewis at Idaho State University.