About the Coach
Tangela Banks, Head Coach
As the oldest of three children to Lillie and David Banks, Tangela Banks has always been looked upon as being different and quite unique. She possesses qualities of leadership that were noticed by her parents, teachers, and colleagues upon meeting her. These qualities were shaped early on as she matriculated through the Yazoo City school system, Hinds Community College, Jackson State University and Belhaven University. Those schools credited her with a high school diploma, associates degree, bachelor's and master's degrees. Additionally, she received her certification in Sports Administration from Belhaven University.
Her qualities of leadership, work ethic, integrity, and dedication also helped her to become not only a successful student but a stellar athlete in both track and field and basketball. She lettered four years at Yazoo City High School, garnering attention from colleges all across the southeast region. She chose Hinds Community College and Jackson State to compete during her college years where she was given attention by the NCAA All-American committees, named First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference, Most Outstanding Track and Field Athlete and Most Valuable Player in track at Jackson State University.
Upon completion of college, she found her niche as a basketball coach where she coached two high powered programs here in Mississippi. Her career began at Forest Hill where she coached from 2010-2014 capturing two state championships (2012 and 2013), Coach of the Year twice, two district championships, two Jackson Public Schools Pepsi tournaments, and an overall record of 98-25.
She then went to the most notable program in the state as she took over the tradition-rich Murrah High School Lady Mustang program in 2014 where she is presently the Head Coach. During her tenure there, she has won one state championship, three district championships, one Jackson Public Schools Pepsi tournament, Coach of the Year, North-South All-Star Coach, and amassed a record of 101 wins and only 23 losses.
As her life and career have been one that is very exceptional, she relies heavily on her faith. She is an active member of Greater New Friendship in Brandon, Mississippi, where she attends regularly. Lastly, her pride and joy extend way beyond the championships as she is the proud mother of two beautiful children—Taniya and Jacavian.