Mark Banker grew up on the East Coast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Banker played three sports during his high school days at Plymouth-Carver high school. He was captain of the hockey and baseball teams as a senior.
Banker attended Springfield College where he played running back for the Pride for three years before graduating in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.
The east coast native received his first coaching experience with his alma mater as a graduate assistant. From 1979-1980, Banker coached the Springfield quarterbacks and running backs.
After his first coaching stint, Banker moved out West to Cal State Northridge to serve as the Matadors defensive coordinator. Under Banker's guidance the Division II Matadors led the nation in total defense while making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history.
Some of the players that Banker coached while at Cal State Northridge include former NFL safety Ron Foster and cornerback Steve Benjamin, including All-American cornerback Kip Dukes.
After fourteen years at Cal State, Banker moved even further west to the University of Hawaii where he coached the Warrior outside linebackers and special teams for one season.
Mike Riley and Mark Banker first coached together at Oregon State in 1997. He coached the secondary at OSU from 1997-1998 and is credited with recruiting and coaching Beaver great and future NFLer Dennis Weathersby.
Banker moved with Riley to San Deigo where he served as the Chargers cornerbacks coach from 1999-2001. Under Bankers' tutelage, the Charger defense led the NFL in yards per rush (3.3), ranked 11th in total defense (306.5 ypg), 13th in takeaways, and 16th in scoring defense (19.8 ppg).
Following Riley's firing at San Diego, Banker moved back to the Pac-10 with the Stanford Cardinal in 2002. He served one year under Buddy Teevens as the Cardinal co-defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach.
The 47-year old coach rejoins Riley in 2003 as the defensive coordinator at Oregon State.
Riley's comments: "Mark was the secondary coach for the Beavers a few years ago. He then joined me as defensive backfield coach for the Chargers, followed by a stint as defensive coordinator for one year. He was then hired at Stanford as defensive coordinator. I have a lot of respect for the work that he has done. I think he is a great addition to the Oregon State coaching staff. He also has had an extensive recruiting background in Southern California."