Matt Banker joined the University of Louisville Athletics Department as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in October of 2013.
Previously, he served as the Ohio Valley Conference Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Services from January 2010 to October 2013. At the OVC, Banker oversaw the conference's compliance operations, academic performance monitoring, and NCAA rules education programming to OVC member institutions. Banker managed the conference's NLI operations, lead the conference's review of Division I legislative proposals annually, and conducted NCAA compliance reviews for OVC member institutions. As part of the OVC governance structure, Banker served as the primary liaison to the OVC's Board of Faculty Athletics Representatives, the academic services directors and the institutional athletics compliance staff. He also served as the sport administrator for OVC men's and women's tennis.
Banker served as the OVC's representative on the NCAA Division I Legislative Council from 2010-2013 and was elected Legislative Council chair for 2013-14. Banker also served on the NCAA Division I Subcommittee on Legislative Relief and the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Governance Subcommittee.
Banker served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Ind. from 2008-09. While with IU School of Law, Banker managed a variety of student services and administration functions, including counseling law students on personal and curricular matters, advising law student organizations, organizing new student orientation and spring commencement, managing the annual budget, coordinating the administration of final exams and oversight of the student handbook. Banker also served on the Dean's senior leadership team, which included day-to-day management of the law school operations, strategic planning and executing the mission and goals of the school and serving on the law school's ABA self-study committee.
Prior to working at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Banker worked at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2002-08, first as the Associate Director of Membership Services and later at the NCAA Eligibility Center as the Associate Director of Academic Review.
His responsibilities with the NCAA included drafting NCAA legislation and interpretations for all three divisions and publications such as the NCAA Manuals and NCAA Convention official notices. Banker also served as staff liaison to NCAA committees and councils tied to legislation and interpretations, financial aid, recruiting and playing and practice seasons. From spring 2007 to July 2008, he managed the day-to-day operations of the NCAA Eligibility Center academic review team which oversaw the administration of initial eligibility waivers and prospective student-athlete reviews for Division I and Division II institutions.
Banker received his Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. in December 1997. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Banker was a three-time letter winner for the Tommies football team. Banker received his Juris Doctorate from the Marquette University Law School in May 2001. At Marquette he was the president of the St. Thomas More Society and a member of the Sports Law Society.
Banker has been an active member and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club and volunteers as a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association, the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A), the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He also serves as an adjunct professor at Belmont University's School of Law.
Banker is a native of Wauwatosa, Wis.