Paul A Webber, 1944 – 1998

2009 Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
2008 Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame
1999 Poplar Bluff Sports Hall of Fame

Former Students told many stories about how Paul’s influence had altered the course of their life. He’d clearly built a legacy worthy of keeping alive. Many pondered how to spotlight the best of what he gave to his students, schools and communities.


State coaches honor former Jackson coach Paul Webber

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian

The former Jackson coach was inducted into the state’s Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

The man who helped build the Jackson High School football program into a perennial power recently received a major honor, albeit posthumously.

Paul Webber, who died in 1998, was inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this month.

“It’s very deserving,” said former Jackson coach Carl Gross, who was an assistant on Webber’s staff for eight years before succeeding Webber as the Indians’ boss in 1989. “He was a great man and a great coach.”

Webber compiled a 130-71-2 record at Jackson from 1969 through 1988 and led the school to its first state playoff berth in 1972. The former Southeast Missouri State football player later continued his success at Poplar Bluff — his alma mater — and led the Mules to an undefeated regular season in 1990.

Nic Antoine, who wrote the book “The Jackson Indians: 100 Years of Gridiron Glory,” told the Southeast Missourian last year that Webber “was the most influential person in Jackson football history, without a doubt.” Read more of article in Southeast Missourian


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