Assistant Banks Constantine leaving IU women’s basketball

For the first time in four years, the Indiana women’s basketball program will see a change in the coaching staff.

Assistant coach Janese Banks Constantine announced her departure on Twitter Monday morning, not for another job of her own, but in order to move with her husband, Paul Constantine, who recently left his job as a strength and conditioning coach with IU football for a similar job at Alabama. The couple also has an 8-month-old son, PJ.

The former Ben Davis and Wisconsin standout came to Indiana in May of 2016 after two years as an assistant coach at IUPUI.

“I would be remiss though if I don’t tell you all what an INCREDIBLE journey it has been the last 4 years,” Banks Constantine tweeted. “I would consider them to be the best 4 years of my life! IU will always be a part of me. It’s where I met my husband, had my son and built some of the best relationships that I’ll have for life.”

Banks Constantine helped Indiana to the 2018 WNIT title, got married that summer and then aided the Hoosiers to what would have been a pair of NCAA Tournament berths had this year’s event not been canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. IU won at least 20 games in all four of her seasons in Bloomington.

“Let me start by saying how much I love, appreciate, and respect for Coach Moren!” she tweeted. “Coach has been a sensational leader, boss, mentor, and friend. It’s no wonder why IU has excelled in the 6 years that she has been there and will continue to climb! She’s laid a foundation of hard work, high character, winning mentality, and most importantly — family! Coach thank you for choosing me to be by your side and thank you for loving Paul and PJ.”

When Indiana names a replacement for Banks Constantine, it will be the first new hire on staff since assistant Glenn Box in June of 2016.

5 comments

  1. This is a huge loss for IU! Janese was a very important integral part of the IU women’s team. Her contacts with the women’s high school programs throughout the state of Indiana and the Midwest were so important to Indiana! She is an excellent recruiter to say the least. Her dad was or is still over the Indiana girl’s high school AAU program. What she has given to IU’s program in her coaching ability and her recruiting is going to be very, very hard to replace! I only hope coach Moren can find an able replacement for our program? I would like to wish Janese great success in her future in whatever she may pursue? Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Her husband made a move with I U’s two strength coaches to Alabama Football Program, so it was a matter of time for a change in location move.

  3. Appears Alabama Football hooked a Shop-Vac up to Bloomington. This sucks.
    Makes me wonder if Michael Penix is next….? Some on Scoop have presented Penix as the sort of talent who could play for a top SEC team.

    Or, maybe Tom Allen is next? Nothing would shock me at this point. Maybe we deserve this as we turn Bloomington into a sort of mini Tuscaloosa (in terms of adopting things traditionally thought of as Southern culture: Coaches who publicly proclaim Christianity/scripture as part of their mantra/recruiting models, Bible Belt, conservative political leanings/positioning, etc).

    Are we sure LEO doesn’t stand for ‘Leave Each Other?’

  4. JBC is Class Act. Just doesn’t get any better. Wonder if she ever wants to be a head coach?

  5. Hate to see JBC go she has been a direct and indirect link to several recruits. She is moving with her family to BAMA, but much of her heart will remain at IU,, wish her the best, JBC and Wise will both be greatly missed in their own ways for what they brought to the IU program.

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