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Webb steps down at ECHS
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Effingham County head football coach Jack Webb talks to his players late in their game with Ware County. The 7-6 win was the last game of the season and the last game for Webb as ECHS coach. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Jack Webb’s record

A year-by-year look at Jack Webb’s record at Effingham County High School:
2005    5-6
2006    7-3
2007    5-5
2008    2-8
2009    3-7

Jack Webb’s career at Effingham County High School ended with a victory.

Webb submitted his resignation as ECHS head football coach on Monday morning, bringing his five years on the Rebels sidelines to an end. The Rebels beat Ware County 7-6 Friday night in the season finale.

“First and foremost, Jack is a solid man. He is first class,” ECHS Principal Yancy Ford said. “He has done some good things for the men at Effingham County High School. There is not a negative thing I can say about Jack Webb.”

At ECHS, Webb went 22-29, guiding the Rebels to the playoffs in the first year. That season ended in a 52-6 loss to Thomas County Central in the first round of the state playoffs.

But after 7-3 and 5-5 seasons in 2006 and 2007, the Rebels went a combined 5-15 in the final two campaigns under Webb. ECHS also went 1-4 against in-county rival South Effingham.

“Five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we would be 3-7 and 2-8,” Ford said. “We lost to South Effingham four out of five years and we hadn’t made the playoffs. But nobody can predict the future.
Ford said the school is at a crossroads to find the coach to get them over the hump.

“We’ll try to get back to the storied tradition of what Effingham County football used to be,” he said.

Webb announced his resignation to his coaches and then to his players Monday. The search to find his replacement will begin in the next couple of weeks, Ford said.

“I respect that man tremendously,” Ford said of Webb. “The pieces just didn’t fall into place like we thought they would.”

Ford also believes ECHS will able to attract a deep and qualified pool of candidates to succeed Webb.

“We have a very good school system,” he said. “That in itself is a good selling point. Our salaries are competitive. But the biggest selling point is we’ve got great kids, we’ve got great parents and we’ve got a great county to live in.”

Webb also went 6-4 as the interim head coach at Statesboro in 1996 as his brother and then head coach Charles Webb, a colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard at the time, attended the Army War College.

Webb was not available for comment Monday afternoon.