Former Old Rule coach Webb passes away at 94
Paul Webb, who guided Old Dominion on a 22-game winning streak in its first season in Department I in 1976-77 and led the Monarchs to nine postseason competition looks in 10 seasons, has actually passed away. He was 94.
The university based in Norfolk, Virginia, stated Webb died Friday at his home in Virginia Beach surrounded by his four kids. He was predeceased by his spouse, Charlotte, who passed away on the exact same date 2 years earlier.Eddie Webb, his
earliest boy, stated his father had remained in decreasing health in recent months.Webb concerned Old Rule in 1975 after
training 19 years at Randolph-Macon, where Eddie bet him. Eddie later on concerned ODU as an assistant coach. Paul Webb changed Sonny Allen, who left for SMU after leading the Monarchs to the Division II nationwide title. Webb took the team back to the Division II Final 4 the following year, In 1976-77, Old Dominion relocated to Department 1 and published a 25-4 mark that consisted of wins over Mississippi State, Georgetown and Virginia. The Monarchs lost to Syracuse in the ECAC national championship and missed the 32-team NCAA tournament.In his 10 seasons, Webb took ODU to the NCAA competition 4 times and the NIT five times.
His groups upset No. 1 DePaul, No. 3 Syracuse and Clemson in the NIT during his tenure.Webb retired in 1985 with 511 profession success, then the fifth-most in college basketball. He won 196 games with the Monarchs.
“It’s hard to consider ODU basketball without thinking about Paul Webb,”stated Dr. Wood Selig, ODU’s director of sports. Webb was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1929 and finished from Petersburg High School and the College of William and Mary. He coached basketball at Highland Springs High School, simply east of Richmond.”I have actually known Coach for 42 years and never saw him lose his temper or utter a curse word,”stated Kenny Gattison, who bet Webb at Old Rule in the early 1980s
before an effective NBA career.”He wasn’t just a coach. He was the best human being I’ve ever understood. “Eddie Webb stated funeral plans are pending.