July 1, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
Principal Randy Jennings didn’t have to look far to find a new coach for the DeKalb County High School Baseball Program.
Less than two weeks after announcing the resignation of Jon Adam Kefauver, Jennings has named Tad Webb as the new Tiger Coach.
Webb was recently transferred to the high school from DeKalb Middle School where he has served the last two years as Assistant Principal. He will be teaching Algebra I at DCHS.
“I am looking forward to it and very eager to get started. I want to thank the Lord for opening this door because after my decision to come to the high school to teach Algebra this was definitely a blessing that was put on me. My family and I did a lot of talking and communicating back and forth during the decision process of me getting back into coaching and without them and especially my wife being by my side this would not be possible,” said Coach Webb.
Jennings said Webb just seemed the perfect choice for the position given the fact that he has years of coaching experience.
“Upon Coach Kefauver’s departure, I got to talking to Coach Webb about the job and I believe he will really be a good fit for our program. Coach Webb has a lot of experience, coaching multiple sports, and he has always had a good relationship with the kids, said Principal Jennings.
The fact that Webb is from here, Jennings said will help bring more stability to the high school baseball program which has had three different head coaches within the last seven years.
“The last couple of coaches have not been from DeKalb County. I’m not saying that is necessarily a bad thing but both were here for three years and moved on to something else. We need some stability and it’s the one program here at DCHS that hasn’t had any stability in a few years. I think to build a program, we need that stability with somebody who is going to be here and that is Coach Webb. He has kids in the school system so I don’t think he will be going anywhere for a while and I think that will pay dividends for us going forward,” Jennings continued.
Coach Webb has been in the school system for 16 years. During that time he has served as teacher at Northside Elementary School and later at DeKalb Middle School. He had stints as assistant DCHS football and baseball coach and later as head coach of the Saints Football and Bulldogs Baseball programs.
“The first five years I was at Northside Elementary and during that time period I was an assistant high school baseball coach under Coach Scott Odom and assistant football coach with Coach Steve Trapp. From there I went to DeKalb Middle School where I was head football coach and later I took over the West School baseball program. The last two years I stepped away from coaching to serve as Assistant Middle School Principal,” he said.
Webb said he is looking forward to coaching again and can’t wait until the dead period is over so he can meet with his team. He can have no contact with the players right now.
“My vision for this program is for it to be one of the hardest working programs around. I want the players to get back to working on the fundamentals and small things. I not only want to teach the boys the game of baseball but more importantly about becoming fine young men,” he said.
Coach Webb and his wife Tracy have three sons Ty, Tucker, and Tate. Ty will be in the 7th grade this fall while Tucker will be in the 5th grade and Tate will be starting kindergarten.