Former Owensboro Red Devils football assistant Mac Webb is heading back across the river, as he was named the head coach of the Tell City Marksman Wednesday.
Webb has risen through the coaching ranks the last several seasons and said the timing felt right with Tell City.
“Interviewing over here, I really believed in the community,” he said. “The administrators, they were telling me about the changes they’re making in the youth league. I just felt like this was a good community, got good kids, got good support. And I felt like being from southern Indiana, I’m familiar with it and it’d be a great fit.”
Prior to his time in Owensboro, Webb was an assistant at South Spencer from 2013-16. Webb also played for the Rebels before playing collegiately at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
He said he loved Owensboro and loved teaching in Kentucky, but with a wedding next year and a new house a short distance from Tell City, it all came together for the former Panther.
Webb replaces former coach Aaron Clements, who resigned in early June after posting an 8-12 record in two seasons at the helm.
“We are extremely excited for what coach Webb brings to Tell City football,” Tell City Athletic Director Andy Brunner said in a media release. “His passion and knowledge for the game stood out throughout the entire interview process. He has had a ton of success in every facet of football he’s been a part of, whether as a player or coach.”
OHS head coach Jay Fallin said he’s excited for his former assistant.
“Mac has been an outstanding and loyal assistant coach in his time at OHS,” Fallin said. “He has a great football mind and he embraces the hard work of being a high school football coach. He has built relationships with the kids in his position group and they lay it on the line for him on Friday nights. He has what it takes to be a great head coach.”
Webb also spoke highly of Fallin.
“I think the attention to detail and how he operated day to day and how he handled situations and held not just kids, but all coaches accountable — I really think that has made a difference in the program and why we had so much success the past couple of years over there,” Webb said.
He said taking a new job is usually stressful enough, but add in a pandemic and it makes things a little more difficult.
“It is kind of crazy,” he said. “I guess I thought being a head coach under regular circumstances would be too easy, so why not take it when I can’t have kids huddle or practice, anything like that.”
After the board meeting Wednesday morning, Webb said within a few hours he was already on the job talking with athletic trainers and staff trying to get as much organzied as they could with limited contact.
“The second phase for Kentucky is going to be very similar to the first phase in Indiana,” he said. “No pads, emphasis on conditioning and heat acclimation. We can use a football but any equipment has to be sterilized.”
As of now, Tell City is scheduled to open its season Aug. 21 at Perry Central.