Omar Banks oversees Campbell’s 21 Division I varsity programs and more than 400 student-athletes. He was the former executive associate athletics director at Virginia Tech. In his role at Virginia Tech, Banks served as chief financial officer for two years in the 44th-largest collegiate athletics department in the nation. In 2018, Virginia Tech saw an $11 million increase in total revenue over the previous year and generated a surplus for the first time since 2015.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Banks served as the executive senior associate athletics director for the University of Cincinnati for eight years. At Cincinnati, he oversaw all aspects of a $61 million budget and provided strategic advisement to the athletics director on contracts, capital project financing, revenue agreements, personnel planning, departmental policies and procedures, and scholarship support for 19 sport programs. He also handled oversight for football, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, facilities, information technology, athletics equipment operations, and he managed human resource operations for more than 300 coaches, staff members, graduate assistants and volunteers.
Banks began his collegiate athletics career in 1998 at North Carolina State University as a media intern within the sports information department. Following stints as a project manager and data consultant for IBM and finance manager for Fidelity Investments, he returned to athletics in 2005 as ticket manager and fiscal administrator for Hampton University. In 2007, he moved on to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he supervised ticket operations, event management and staffing, and all accounts receivable for the athletics department.
Banks earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Richmond before earning master’s degrees in business administration and sports leadership from North Carolina Central University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. Banks played football at the University of Richmond in 1993 to 1997 and once participated in the NCAA’s Leadership Institute. He also served as president of the College Athletic Business Management Association after serving one-year stints as third, second and first vice president.