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Webb leaving Eudora football to coach in Independence, Mo.

January 2, 2013

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Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb consoles senior Markis Hill (25) after losing, 21-0 to Holton, in the Class 4A state football championship on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Salina.

Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb consoles senior Markis Hill (25) after losing, 21-0 to Holton, in the Class 4A state football championship on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Salina.

After 11 seasons at Eudora High and two straight Class 4A state championship game appearances, football coach Gregg Webb is moving on to tackle a new challenge.

Webb has agreed to take over the football program at Truman High, a Class 5 program in Independence, Mo.

The Independence school district first contacted Webb about becoming Truman’s head coach in the days following Eudora’s title-game loss to Holton in late November. Webb, in a Wednesday phone interview with the Journal-World, said officials at Truman walked him through the process and addressed his questions and concerns.

“They convinced me the potential is there, the possibilities are there, to win in one of the best conferences in Missouri,” said Webb, who has compiled a 248-54 record in his 26 combined seasons at Claflin and Eudora.

Truman went 1-9 in 2012 and plays in the Red division of the Suburban Conference. Webb, 50, said he had to convince his wife, Kelli, and the rest of his family to make the move and find out if he can reproduce the success he’s had not only at Eudora (96-30), but also at Claflin (152-24), where he won five state championships and coached in nine title games in 15 seasons before taking over at EHS.

“They’ve got good people there, and they think it can be done,” Webb said of Truman. “We’ll see.”

The first coach to lead Eudora football to a title-game berth, Webb said he was grateful for his time leading the program, and a lot of sadness has been involved with leaving that behind, because he had grown very comfortable at the school.

So what exactly led him to the change?

“Maybe curiosity, maybe ego, I don’t know,” Webb said with a chuckle. “There wasn’t any one thing, and Eudora’s facilities are nice and the people around me and my family that we got to know are outstanding and great, and the kids are, of course, awesome.”

His “new adventure” will involve a lot of commuting for now, because Webb will remain at EHS, teaching American history and government and coaching throws for Eudora track, through the end of the spring semester. But he’ll travel to Truman as often as he can to establish himself at his new job. Webb anticipates the most difficult part of the transition will be putting together his staff, getting to know the players in the program and dealing with logistics, fundraising and things of that nature — all while working at EHS.

“I’m not gonna shortchange the kids that I have this semester,” he said, “just because I’m leaving.”

Comments

maisy 1 year, 11 months ago

“Maybe curiosity, maybe ego..."

It's the EGO!

frankfussman 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe the money? How much does he get? $$

riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe he just wanted a better job at a bigger school. Whatever, he's a heck of a coach.

straightforward 1 year, 11 months ago

I've got to think the money must be pretty good. I'm not sure why else someone would uproot their family and move to a town known as "the meth capitol of the world" to take over a team that went 1-9 this year.

meatheadwisdom 1 year, 11 months ago

move to a town known as "the meth capitol of the world"

Oh goodie, now I have another city to add this cliche to. I think my list is now at 118 meth capitals of the world...

thisiknow 1 year, 11 months ago

I wish him and his family much success. He will be missed.He has been a fine example for our kids .

msezdsit 1 year, 11 months ago

When Coach Barnett dug Eudora out of a dismal deep hole and built a very successful program he left for (hopefully) greener pasture as well. Everyone was worried about what would happen to Eudora and what happened is that Coach Webb picked up where Aaron left of with 11 seasons of the some of the best football in the state. I bet the program is in good enough shape to attract another top notch coach that will do the same as his two predecessors. Heres to hoping so.

kujhawkfan 1 year, 11 months ago

Bring back Aaron Barnett! Coach Barnett built this program and left it for Webb. The job Coach Barnett did at Eudora is second to none and he will always be viewed as the best coach Eudora has ever had....

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