BEREA, Ohio -- On Saturday, May 21, 2016, legendary Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball coach Steve Bankson will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame at a dinner in Columbus inside the Columbus Convention Center in Battelle Hall. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner at 6:15 p.m.
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Bankson was a basketball coach for 44 years and compiled an overall record of 701-442. At the collegiate level, Bankson coached for 40 seasons and compiled a 652-418 record and is the winningest basketball coach in the history of the State of Ohio. In 28 seasons at BW, he compiled a 420-328 record and is the school's winningest all-time coach and has the third most victories in Ohio Athletic Conference history. He also coached 12 seasons at Lorain County Community College and had a 232-90 mark and he coached seven seasons at the high school level.
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More important to Bankson than the wins and losses were the relationships that he developd with current and former student-athletes and maintains today. A number of his former players have gone on to become outstanding high school and college coaches. Two prime examples were his successor at BW, Duane Sheldon '93, who had a 98-83 record in seven seasons at his alma mater, and current Brunswick High School Head Coach Joe Mackey '95, who is the winningest coach in school history.
In addition, Bankson served as an athletics director for 37 years, including all 28 at BW.
Bankson has been selected to three other Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the Elyria (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, the Port Huron (Michigan) Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the BW Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
An avid golfer with a single-digit handicap, Bankson resides in The Villages in Florida with his wife, Roselyn. The Bankson's have three daughters and seven grandchildren.