Bruce Banko II
Media Coordinator (Credentials/Event Manager)
Bruce Banko II enters his 11th season as the Voice of the Eagles, and was named as FGCU's Media Coordinator in September of 2013.
As media coordinator he is responsible for issuing credentials to members of the working media, press release distribution lists, special media requests, and game day media hospitality. He also assists with event management and oversees all content for FGCUathletics.com.
Banko served as the interim sports information contact for all 15 D-I sports during the summer of 2013 and was a member of FGCU's initial NCAA D-I Certification Committee. In October of 2013 Banko announced his 1,000th game for the Eagles, and is the first and only announcer for FGCU's volleyball, women's soccer, women’s swimming and diving, softball, and sand volleyball programs. In addition he also serves as the shot-clock operator for men's and women's basketball.
In February 2014 Banko became the 17th and youngest announcer in the United States to be honored as a member of NASPAA's 1000 Club, after announcing over 1,000 games at FGCU alone in just 11 years. 1000 Club membership is one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed on sports announcers nationwide, recognizing them for their dedication and commitment upon reaching the 1,000 game milestone.
Prior to joining the FGCU staff Banko served as the Sports Information Director and Volunteer Assistant Athletic Director at St. John Neumann High School in Naples, Fla.
He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers (NASPAA).
A native of the Oxford, Conn., Banko currently resides in Fort Myers.