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It would not be easy, not with the schedule he had to keep. Banda would work late into the night tending bar. A few hours later, he had to be on campus for either practice or workouts.
That meant sleeping in his car sometimes or crashing on a friend's couch. Or sometimes not sleeping at all. Courtesy of Ephraim Banda Banda eventually landed a scholarship, but his career ended when he blew out his knee in a game inat age The injury allowed him to focus full time on coaching. He worked as a graduate assistant at Incarnate Word while keeping his eye on other opportunities.
It was then he got two big breaks. Caesar Martinez, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Incarnate Word, got a job at Texas. Banda began peppering Martinez to slyly drop his name to the coaching staff.
Martinez worked closely with then-Texas assistant Duane Akina, who coached defensive backs.
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One day after a meeting, Martinez asked about the open graduate assistant spot. Akina recalled Martinez said: He's passionate about football.
It would be a dream come true for him. Banda made his own first impression, attending a coaching convention in the state. He made it a point to "accidentally" bump into Diaz, the Texas defensive coordinator at the time. In addition, Banda sent out letters to schools across the country asking for a job.
He got zero offers from those letters. Only one school wanted him: So he found himself in Austin inworking for Brown and Diaz. Then you flip it over, the next spring you're at the University of Texas. Bartending was out of the question. To make matters more difficult, Brown fired Diaz two games into the season. Then everything started going downhill for Brown, too.
Banda started to wonder whether he should quit. There were a lot of long nights and some struggles. When Charlie Strong was hired inDiaz gave Banda one piece of advice: The following year, Banda got an opportunity to be a quality control coach for Diaz at Mississippi State. Diaz always felt a kinship with him because of their shared background both took first jobs outside of coaching and their shared defensive philosophies.
Mark Richt hired Ephraim Banda as his safeties coach at Miami just five years removed from his playing days at Incarnate Word. Diaz convinced Richt to hire Banda as safeties coach, giving Banda his first full-time assistant coaching job -- just five years removed from Incarnate Word.
He'd do anything," Diaz said. Call it good timing. Call it good work. All personal information is processed by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation. From time to time, we may collect or ask you to provide certain personal data e. This information will be stored together with any additional information you may provide to us from time to time, and will be used to inform you about and provide you with the Services and any other services associated with them.
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