Webb dismissed as Wheaton baseball coach

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

By a 4-3 vote at its March 21 meeting, the Wheaton School Board relieved Jason Webb of his spring head baseball coaching duties.

Webb was only stripped of his coaching responsibilities and will finish out his teaching contract.

In his fourth season at the helm, Webb led the Bulldogs to consecutive district titles and was primed for another breakout season in 2013.

The Bulldogs lost an 11-inning heartbreaker to Norwood in the sectionals last season. Norwood finished second in the state.

According to minutes released by the Wheaton R-3 School District, Webb's coaching job was voted on at the February meeting of the school board.

At that meeting on Feb. 21, a motion to "remove" Webb as spring baseball coach was made by Doug Goostree and seconded by Bobby Banks.

The motion failed by a 4-3 vote. Dan Goostree, Kendall Haynes, Larry Prewitt and Lewis Royer voted against the motion and Doug Goostree, Bobby Banks and Landon Brattin voted in favor of it.

According to a draft copy of the March school board minutes, Donna Musick, Joe Hickman, Tiffany Cornman and Jeff Musick requested to speak to the board about the spring baseball season.

In an executive session following the regular meeting, another motion was made by Doug Goostree and seconded by Banks to remove Webb as spring baseball coach.

This time the motion carried by a 4-3 vote.

Dan Goostree, Prewitt and Royer continued to oppose the measure, while Doug Goostree, Banks, Brattin and Haynes voted in favor of it. Haynes was the swing vote.

The board voted 7-0 to promote assistant baseball coach Mike Austin to the head coaching position.

By a 6-1 margin, the board named Dale Forgey as assistant baseball coach. Banks was the dissenting vote.

In other action, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignations of five teachers, including Webb.

Webb also served as the fall baseball coach and girls' basketball coach.

Wheaton's baseball team was 1-2 for the 2013 season prior to the board's action.

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