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Steve Webber, who is known for being the winningest baseball coach in Georgia history, who has led the Bulldogs to the 1990 national championship, passed away late Saturday afternoon at his home in Atlanta after a lengthy illness.
He was age 74 years old at the time of his death. Know more about the deceased legendary coach in the following lines written about him.
How Did Steve Webber Die?
Steve Webber died and left his mortal body late Saturday afternoon. He died at the ripe old age of 74. His precise cause of death is the result of a lengthy and prolonged illness.
Webber was survived by Pam, his wife of 51 years, daughter Ashley Joseph, and grandchildren Bo, Whit, and Bess. The baseball world is in shock and sad about the sudden loss of one of its best baseball coaches in history.
Steve Webber Career in Details
Steve Webber tallied a massive 500 victories from 1981 until the year 1996 as his teams averaged 32 victories per season over the last 16 years. A native Iowan and a degree holder from the famed Southern Illinois University, Webber has also taken a pair of Bulldog teams to Omaha for the College World Series (CWS), which has marked the first two appearances for the program in school history. His 1987 team also won the SEC regular-season title and earned a spot at the CWS.
In the year 1990, their run to the crown culminated with a 2-1 win over Oklahoma State. It also marked the first national championship for the Southeastern Conference in baseball. Webber was also named SEC Coach of the Year in 1987 and consensus National Coach of the Year in 1990.
He was also inducted into UGA’s Circle of Honor in the year of 2018, which is designed to pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and skills have brought honor to the university and themselves, and by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. At that time, he also became just the fifth among all 79 inductees that were not UGA alumni.
This group has also included Dick Copas, men’s golf coach which was inducted in 2006; Vince Dooley, who was the head football coach and athletic director inducted in 2004; Liz Murphey, women’s golf coach and senior women’s administrator which was inducted in 2001; and Suzanne Yoculan, women’s gymnastics coach which was inducted in 2014.
His coaching career began in the year 1974 when he worked as a pitching coach at Georgia Southern under head coach Ron Polk. In the year 1976, he was employed to do the same for the University of Florida where he remained till 1981 when he got the head coaching position at Georgia. In the year of 1997, he moved into professional baseball.
He has also worked with five different organizations like the New York Yankees (1997-2003), San Diego Padres (2004-2012), Houston Astros (2013-14), and Atlanta Braves (2016) before retiring altogether in Atlanta.