Legendary Old Dominion Basketball Coach Paul Webb Passes Away at 94

Legendary Old Dominion University basketball coach Paul Webb passes away at 94, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Paul Webb, the iconic coach who steered Old Dominion University to a 22-game winning streak in its inaugural Division I season in 1976-77, has passed away at the age of 94. Webb, renowned for his exceptional coaching career, led the Monarchs to nine postseason tournament appearances in his illustrious 10-season tenure.

Webb’s legacy at Old Dominion began in 1975 when he took over the coaching reins after a successful 19-year stint at Randolph-Macon. In his debut season, the Monarchs, under Webb’s guidance, posted a remarkable 25-4 record, including notable victories against Mississippi State, Georgetown, and Virginia. Despite narrowly missing the NCAA tournament, Webb’s impact was undeniable.

Over his decade-long coaching journey with Old Dominion, Webb orchestrated four NCAA tournament appearances and guided the Monarchs to the NIT five times. His teams achieved significant upsets, triumphing over formidable opponents such as No. 1 DePaul, No. 3 Syracuse, and Clemson in the NIT.

Webb’s coaching career culminated in his retirement in 1985, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of 511 career victories, ranking him fifth in college basketball at the time. He won 196 games with the Monarchs, solidifying his place in the annals of Old Dominion basketball history.

Dr. Wood Selig, ODU’s director of athletics, paid tribute to Webb, stating, “It’s hard to think about ODU basketball without thinking of Paul Webb.” Born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1929, Webb’s coaching journey began at Highland Springs High School before he embarked on a collegiate coaching career marked by success and sportsmanship.

Paul Webb’s impact extended beyond the court, with former player Kenny Gattison noting, “He wasn’t just a coach. He was the best human being I’ve ever known.” Funeral arrangements for the revered coach are pending.

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