Once the paper work is finalized — and that could come as early as this morning — Mark Banker is expected to join the Warriors as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Here’s why this is a good move for the Warriors:
> Experience: Banker was defensive coordinator for Nebraska, Oregon State and the San Diego Chargers, as well as assistant head coach at USC and Stanford.
> Hawaii ties: Banker coached linebackers and special teams in 1995, Bob Wagner’s final UH staff. Wagner praised Banker’s coaching ability, character and affinity for Hawaii. At his ensuing college stops, Banker was used as the point recruiter in Hawaii. He has built and maintained relationships with local coaches and families. I’ve spoken to several people who insist Banker loves to recruit — and he loves to recruit local kids.
> Win-win: Head coach Nick Rolovich had two good choices for defensive coordinator — Corey Batoon and Banker. He managed to land both — with Batoon as the DC and Banker as a top assistant. According to Wagner, Batoon and Banker have known each other since Batoon was a JC player and Banker was coaching at Cal State Northridge.
> Balance: At the end of the 2017 season, no member of the coaching staff was older than late 30s. Batoon is 49, Banker is 61. UH has a nice balance of experience.