The Baldwin County Board of Education officially filled the high school’s vacant head varsity boys basketball coach position at last month’s meeting.
The candidate that came at the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Noris Price and the search committee was Sparta native Anthony Webb who most recently served as head coach at Worth County High School in Sylvester. He takes over a program that was led by Buck Harris for the last four years. Harris accepted a head coaching position in Jones County earlier this spring, making the position available.
A community meeting was scheduled for Tuesday to allow players, parents, and program supporters the opportunity to come out and meet Coach Webb, and The Union-Recorder caught up with the basketball Braves’ new leader before he addressed the public.
“I’m very happy because Milledgeville is just like home to me,” Webb said on his feelings once he heard he got the job. “I was glad to hear it and my family was glad to hear it. I wanted to get back closer to home and to family.”
Webb grew up in nearby Sparta where he played basketball at Hancock Central High School before going on to play in college at Albany State University. After wrapping up his college career, Webb remained at Albany State and served as a graduate assistant and eventually took the head coaching job, though it was only for one season. He returned home to Sparta and became part of the staff at HCHS for two seasons before taking that head position. There he would remain for 14 years or so, winning one Class A state championship in 2008 along with one state runner-up finish in 2016 when Hancock Central lost to region foe Wilkinson County. Close followers of Georgia high school basketball will remember 2016 as the year the goals were not set up correctly for the state championships.
Webb’s most recent job took him down to Sylvester, located between Tifton and Albany, where he served as the Worth County High School head boys basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. The Worth County Rams played their way to a region runner-up finish before losing in the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Now Webb is hitting the ground running as Baldwin’s new head coach. He will teach P.E. during the school day in addition to his coaching duties that will begin immediately as he works toward shaping his team for the 2019-20 season. Baldwin basketball is a storied program that has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years under Coach Buck’s watch. The Braves went 68-43 over the last four seasons and won two region championships along the way. Their best year under Coach Buck came in the 2017-18 campaign when they advanced all the way to the Class 4A Final Four where they lost to the eventual state runner-up.
BHS Athletic Director Dexter Ricks, who just completed his first school year in that position, says Coach Webb’s familiarity with the area made him stand out above the rest of the prospects.
“All the candidates we looked at were pretty even across the board as far as resumé, but his knowledge of the community was one thing that stuck out about him,” Ricks said. “Everyone we talked to about him had nothing but positive things to say. I fielded numerous calls from people vouching for him saying he was looking for a job.”
Webb says Baldwin High alum Nehemiah Ingram will remain on his coaching staff, but the remainder of the staff is still being built.