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Georgia baseball coach Steve Webber, a national champion, passes away

Baseball player and coach Steve Webber was from the United States. He competed in the 1969 College World Series while playing college baseball for Southern Illinois University. In 1990, he led the University of Georgia team to a national championship while serving as the school’s head coach from 1981 to 1996.

Steve, one of the greatest manager in school history and the man who led Georgia to a baseball national championship, passed away at the age of 74.

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After a protracted illness, Webber passed away on Saturday at his home in Atlanta, according to the university.

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Over the course of his 16-year tenure as Georgia’s coach, Webber had a record of 500-403-1, with his 1990 championship run serving as a high point. In 1987, he also led the Bulldogs to the College World Series.

Webber’s mark in history

Later in his tenure, his teams had trouble, and the coach quit after the 1996 campaign when Georgia finished 24-30 overall and 8-21 in the SEC.

At the time, he stated, “It’s time for a change for myself and my family as well as for the program,” and Vince Dooley, the athletic director at the time who passed away less than three weeks ago, praised Webber for his “immense contributions to the development of our program.”

Webber, a 1969 College World Series participant who is an Iowa native and Southern Illinois alum, played baseball. Before taking the head coaching position at Georgia in 1981, he coached pitchers for Georgia Southern and Florida.

The SEC has never previously had a baseball team win the national championship, which Georgia did. 13 titles have since been won by other SEC institutions, with LSU leading the way with six.

After leaving Georgia, Webber held a variety of minor league coaching gigs with five major league organizations. Before retiring in Atlanta, he worked as a pitching consultant with the Braves in 2016, where he also spent his final season.

Pam, his wife of 51 years, their daughter Ashley Joseph, and their three grandsons Bo, Whit, and Bess will continue to care for Webber.

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