Howard Alums To Be Honored at Upcoming MEAC Tournament
Steve Wilson and Judge Larry K. Banks will be honored at the upcoming Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball tournament, March 11-16 in Norfolk, VA.
Wilson, a former head football coach at Howard from 1989-2001 will be inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame on Friday, March 15 beginning at 9 am at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk. The MEAC Hall of Fame highlights former student athletes, coaches, university and/or conference administrators as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the conference since its inception in 1970. Enshrinees were selcetd by a 13-person committee made up of administrators and representatives from member institutions.
Wilson led his team to an 8-3 overall record in 1989 and was named MEAC Coach of the Year in his first season with the Bison. During the 1990's he recorded a 70-percent winning percentage and his team was named Black College national champions twice. His 1993 team recorded an 11-0 overall mark and competed in the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) playoffs for the first time in school history. During that same year, Wilson earned MEAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career.
Wilson, Howard's winningest football coach, won the Heritage Bowl in 1996. Several of his players earned All-MEAC first and second team honors, All-American accolades and Player of the Year recognition.
Wilson's former players include Roy Anderson (Indianapolis Colts coaching staff), Pep Hamilton (Offensive Coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts), Gary Harrell (current Howard Head Football Coach), Jay Walker (ESPN analyst), Billy Jenkins (Howard University assistant coach) and Ted White (current Offensive Coordinator/QBs at Howard).
Wilson is a member of both the Howard University and the Black College Hall of Fame. He was named a MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legend in 2012.
Judge Banks will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni award on Thursday, March 14 in the second session game. Each MEAC member institution selects a distinguished alum who has made significant contributions to the athletic program at the respective institution.
Judge Banks, a United States Administrative Law Judge, received his B.A. in Economics from Howard University in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University, School of Law in 1974. He has been an active and dedicated member of Howard University's National Alumni Association for many years and generously has given his time and financial support to various Howard University programs.
Judge Banks is a founding member of Howard University's Bison Express organization and has served as a member of the Bison Express' "Hall of Fame" Selection Committee. He has hosted and participated in numerous funding raising events for Howard University's Athletic Department and, impressively, he has attended every MEAC Basketball Tournament since the Tournament's inception.
The Howard University cheerleading team, which had its best showing ever last season at the MEAC cheerleading competition, will kick things off on Sunday, March 10 at Echols Hall on the campus of Norfolk State University (Va.). The annual event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature competitive squads from the conference's member institutions.
The Howard men's team, the Number 11 seed will play its first round game against the Number 6 seed (to be determined) on Tuesday, March 12 at 9 pm at the Scope while the women's team play on Thursday at 12 noon in the quarterfinal round.