Wiedmer: Baylor alum Greg Banks a key to U.S. women's soccer success

Photo contributed by Baylor School / Greg Banks, a 1989 graduate of Baylor School, poses with the Women's World Cup trophy. Banks was the head athletic trainer for the U.S. women's national soccer team during two World Cups as well as the recent Tokyo Olympics.

Even being the best at what you do - and make no mistake, Chattanooga native Greg Banks is one of the best athletic trainers on Earth - can have its wake-up calls.

Especially when your bride of 25 years is forced to take care of the kids, the house, three dogs, a cat and her job as a pastor all by herself for 26 straight weeks while you resume your role as head trainer for the U.S. women's national soccer team during its Tokyo Olympics run.

"I walked in the door when I got back and Tara said, 'Tag, you're it!'" Banks said with a chuckle in a phone interview from Charleston, South Carolina, which he has pretty much called home since 1989, when he left the Scenic City to attend the College of Charleston after graduating from Baylor School.