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Lashay Banks Joins Yale Staff

Lashay Banks.
Lashay Banks.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Lashay Banks, who helped Cincinnati earn a WNIT berth last season, has joined the Yale women's basketball staff as an assistant coach. Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, announced the move Wednesday.

"We are excited to welcome Shay to our family!  Shay came to us through the highest of recommendations from two very close colleagues and coaching friends," said Guth. "I was most impressed with Shay's self-driven personality and commitment to her passion.  Coach Shay absolutely is following her calling to mentor young women in a sport that she loves and that teaches life lessons far beyond the court.  Our team and program will immediately benefit from her gifts she will bring to our Bulldogs."

Banks spent last season as graduate manager at Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats go 19-13 (10-6 AAC) and earn a berth in the WNIT. She was an assistant coach at Swarthmore in 2015-16.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Bulldog Family! I'm truly blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside with head coach Allison Guth, and to be supported by very knowledgeable and genuine players and coaches.  I am dedicated to helping make an impact on the program's continued success!"

Banks played for Rider in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The 2013-14 team posted 15 wins, tied for Rider's most wins since 1994-95. As a junior she was third on the team in scoring (8.5 points per game) and steals (34). As a senior she was third on the team in rebounding (5.2 per game).

Banks played for Cincinnati for the first two years of her career (2010-11 and 2011-12), appearing in 45 games.

Banks graduated from Rider with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in social work in 2015. She earned a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education from Cincinnati earlier this year.

A Philadelphia native, Banks was the Philadelphia Public League Female Player of the Year at Prep Charter High School, where she led the team to a pair of Public League championship games and a state tournament appearance.

Banks joins the Bulldogs as they come off a 2017-18 season in which they set the school record for wins (19) and became the first Ivy League women's basketball team to win a postseason tournament (the Women's Basketball Invitational).

With the addition of Banks, along with the addition of Danielle Brown earlier this summer and the return of Roman Owen for his fourth season, Guth's 2018-19 staff is now complete.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity