From the Coach
2011-12 will mark Darrin Webb's fourth season as VMI's Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country, after being promoted to the position on May 20, 2008. Webb has earned two Big South Indoor Coach of the Year (men's) awards over his first three seasons.
During the past three years, the Keydet women’s cross country team has posted its highest finishes ever, including a second-place result in 2009. The women's track team also had success, notching its highest point total ever with 52 points at the 2010 indoor meet. The men's squad also posted second-place finishes indoor (2009 and 2011) and outdoor (2009), while cross country earned a third-place finish that year as well.
In Webb's first year at the helm of the Keydets, he earned Big South Indoor Coach of the Year (men's) honors, as the Keydets equaled their best finish (second place) since joining the conference. He then led the team to the same finish, a runner-up position, at the outdoor meet that year, which helped earn him VMI's Distinguished Coaching Award given yearly to a deserving athletic coach. Two seasons later, he once again earned men's Big South Indoor Coach of the Year honors, as VMI notched another second place finish at the indoor conference meet.
Webb, a 1994 graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Exercise Science, came to the Institute shortly after his graduation. The native of Phelps, N.Y. served as an assistant under former VMI Coach Mike Bozeman for six seasons, and was then promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach in the year 2000, and served in that role until his promotion.
Webb has earned his USA Track and Field Level II certificate in jumps, as well as sprints, hurdles and relays.
During his tenure at VMI, Webb’s responsibilities have included recruiting coordinator, budget management for travel, purchasing equipment coordinator, director of home meet management, as well as coordination with academic services, the admissions office, financial aid, and the sports information office for all publications regarding the VMI track and field program. He has also had to coach many different events, at any given time, to include: sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps, and multi events.
Webb has had a positive impact on the VMI program over the last 15 years. Since joining the Keydet staff, he has been part of five Southern Conference team championships. Webb has trained and coached 62 conference champions throughout his 15 seasons, as well as more than 100 athletes that have achieved All-Conference honors in the Big South Conference and Southern Conference.
Webb also has to his credit a 2004 Indoor NCAA All-American in the 200-meters, five NCAA qualifying marks in the 100-meters, 200-meters, high jump, and a 1996 provisional qualifier in the decathlon. He has coached five IC4A champions, in the high jump (2), 55-meter dash, and the 200-meters (2).
The 2004 Indoor IC4A champion also holds the meet record of 20.85 in the 200-meters. Webb has also coached worked with more than 10 athletes that have scored at the IC4A championships, in events ranging from the heptathlon, decathlon, pole vault, high jump, long jump, and 110-meter hurdles.
Webb also coached, current VMI assistant, Garrett Brickner who qualified to the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and was a three-time IC4A Champion in the high jump. Brickner was also a five-time conference champion in the high jump, and he has held the Big South record in both that event and the decathlon.
Since arriving at VMI, Webb has worked with athletes that have recorded over 102 top-10 performances in the history of the VMI program, added nine new men’s school records, and 21 women's school records.
While at Syracuse University, Webb served as a team captain as a senior in 1994, and was a member of the 1992 Big East Indoor Conference Championship team. Webb is the current Syracuse indoor school record holder in the pole vault.
Webb and his wife, Michelle, have an 10-year old daughter, Savannah Louvier. The family currently resides in Lexington.