Assistant coaches Mark Banker, Brian Stewart among Husker football coaching departures

Assistant coaches Mark Banker, Brian Stewart among Husker football coaching departures
World-Herald News Service

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker will not have his contract renewed, Husker coach Mike Riley announced Wednesday.

“I want to thank Mark for his hard work and contributions to our football program the past two years and for all of his service and dedication as a member of my other coaching staffs,” Riley said in a press release.  “We will conduct a national search to find a great coach, teacher and recruiter as we continue our pursuit of championships.”

Defensive backs coach Brian Stewart has decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Multiple reports have indicated he will be the next defensive coordinator at Rice.

“Brian feels this is a great opportunity for him and his family and I respect his decision,” Riley said. “We appreciate Brian’s contributions to our program the past two years and wish him the best of luck. We will work diligently to replace him with an outstanding coach, teacher and recruiter.”

Ryan Gunderson, the Nebraska director of player personnel, has also chosen to leave the program to pursue an on-field coaching opportunity.

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