Green Hornets Name Josh Banks New Chief
By John Singleton
In the past, Josh Banks has played major league baseball for the San Diego Padres, the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays. Now, the 30-year-old graduate of Severna Park High School has returned to the area to take the helm of the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association, better known as the Green Hornets.
Severna Park is a special place, said Banks. Ive traveled all over the country playing professional baseball and there is no place Id rather live and work than right here.
Since the official announcement on June 18, Banks has been putting in 12-hour days at Kinder Park. On his first day, he made a list of 68 items that needed attention. Since then hes taken 2,800 pounds of refuse to the dump, ordered 10 tons of infield sand, and recycled 1,000 pounds of aluminum.
When I interviewed with the Green Hornets Board, they asked me why I would want this position, Banks explained. I told them its my time to pass down the things I have learned from good coaches and front office people. Plus, I love being back home with my wife and being able to see my mom and dad every day. I havent been home in the summers since I was 17 years old.
A graduate of SPHS class of 2000, Banks played baseball for former Falcons Head Coach and Green Hornets Chief Jim McCandless.
Following his coachs untimely passing this past January, Banks offered the following tribute: A lot of the inner workings of the game of baseball I learned from Jim. He was probably one of the most loyal people Ive ever met. The first time I played in a major league game for the Padres, Jim flew to San Diego to watch me. Whenever I got home Id drop by to see him. Its hard for me not to see him now. I always say to people Severna Park is the baseball capital of the world and Jim was its prince.
Before signing on with the Green Hornets in June, Josh Banks attended spring training with the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Florida. When his attempt to land a roster spot fell short, Banks made his way back to Severna Park.
It was tough because I felt really good this spring, said Banks. It was the best Id thrown the ball in three or four years. But Id hurt my knee last season and maybe that caught up with me a little. But things really do work out for the best and Im glad to be a Hornet again.
In the 1990s, Banks played youth football, basketball and baseball for the Green Hornets. He knows the organization and its base of families and fans as well as anyone. Today, Josh Banks lives in Severna Park with his wife Lindsey, also a 2000 graduate of SPHS, and their three-year-old daughter Lola. He plans to put his mark on the Hornets program for generations to come.
I want to revive Kinder Park, summarized Banks. I want to make it the premier outdoor facility in the county.