2020 Joe Banks Invitational

Hosted by Ohio Northern University
Saturday, February 1, 2020
ONU Sports Center - Ada, Ohio


  • Adults - $3
  • Students/Children - Free

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Field events begin at 11 a.m. Track events begin at 12 p.m.

Participating Teams (Men and Women)

Case Western 
John Carroll 
Ohio Northern

  • Please DO NOT park at the Ada Medical Center on West Lincoln Avenue across the street from the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse. All vehicles parked in the lot for those attending the track meet will be towed.

Who Was Joe Banks?

Joseph Banks (1919-2007) was a head track and field coach and assistant football coach at Ohio Northern University from 1960 to 1967.

In addition, Banks served as the Associate Director of Admissions (1971-1984), a part-time admissions associate (1985-2002), an assistant professor of physical education, and an athletic trainer for ONU throughout his life. He also spent time as an ONU Alumni Association board member, the Phi Mu Delta Alumni Association treasurer, and the ONU N-Man Association president for Ohio Northern.

Prior to working at ONU, Banks was a high school teacher/coach and a sergeant in the U.S. military. Notably, he served with the Third Army's 965th Ordinance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company in the Rhineland under General George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

He graduated from Ohio Northern in 1941 with a B.S. in Education and returned for a B.A. degree in 1946. During his undergraduate career at Ohio Northern, Banks was a record-holder and letterwinner for the school's track and field program and a letterwinner on the football team.

In high school, Banks played football for legendary Ohio State University head coach Woody Hayes at Central High School in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was also a letterwinner for the Central HS track and field program.

Banks was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Holmes County Sports Hall of Fame.