Coach Profile: Eudora's Gregg Webb 4/25
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Gregg Webb didn’t plan on getting into coaching football when he attended college at Kansas State. He played high school football but a career in coaching wasn’t his first goal.
“I just kind of fell into the whole education thing,” Webb said. “My older brother was in education and I said let’s try that. It was the right choice for me.”
When he left high school he didn’t know what he wanted to do. After four years of college he went into education and found his way to Claflin, Kan., after he married a woman who’s family was from the town. He got the job as the head coach for Claflin after it had just dropped from 11-man to 8-man football.
After a rough 1-8 start his first year things began to turn around. After going 4-5 the next year Claflin went on a run that saw them in four straight state title games winning it in 1991 and 1992. After dominating in the top level of 8-man, Claflin moved up to Class 1A-2A where it won three straight titles in 1997-1999 and appeared in the 2000 and 2001 state championship games.
“My first game we got 45-point ruled in the third quarter and two kids broke their arms,” Webb said. “I was like what in the world am I doing.
“We went 1-8 the first year but came close to going to the playoffs that year and the next. Then we got some interest in football and we kind of took off from there.”
In 2002 Webb came to Eudora where he has been the coach for the past decade in that time the Cardinals have been to the playoffs eight of the nine years including a run to the state semifinals in Class 4A his first year.
This past season Eudora was one of the top teams in the Metro. The Cardinals finished 12-2 advancing to the Class 4A state championship game. Even though they fell 21-0 to Rose Hill Webb said this year’s team was a shining example of what Eudora has come to expect from the Cardinals.
“We are always pretty good and I take great pride in that,” Webb said. “We are consistent and expectations are pretty high. We are competitive every year because the kids that come out here are great kids and they work hard. They let me chew on them and allow us to get better because they want to get better. They won’t accept less than being their best.”
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