Gordon Webb
Gordon Webb

Coming into his first season as the Boston State College lacrosse coach, 25-year old Gordon Webb was quoted as saying, "We are cautiously optimistic." The team was coming off a 5-6 season in 1971 and was heading into just its third year of existence. Webb's optimism translated into a 12-1 season, which would be the first of 11 campaigns in which his teams would post double-digit wins. He directed the Warriors to an 11-2 mark and a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament berth in just his second season and more of the same followed. In 11 seasons at the helm of Boston State lacrosse, Webb posted a 124-46 mark, good for a .729 winning percentage, while capturing six Colonial League Championships, including three campaigns with an unblemished record in league play and five ECAC tournament appearances. Webb's players benefited from his guidance individually as well, with two All-Americans donning the green and gold, five playing in the prestigious North/South National All-Star game and 74 being named to the All-Colonial League team. Following his tremendous success with the Warriors, the mentor made the transition to UMass Boston, where he coached the Beacons' first lacrosse program and led it to a 10-3 mark and its first-ever ECAC tournament appearance, while becoming a fixture as one of the university's faculty members as a professor in the human performance and fitness department for 20 years. Webb's dedication to the sport was not limited to the field as shown by his involvement with the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association from 1974-80. He was the NEILA's president from 1977-80 as well as the President of the Colonial League from 1975-82 and served as an Executive Board member of the USILA from 1981-82. Following his coaching tenure at UMass Boston and a 10-year coaching hiatus, Webb returned to the game as Head Boys Varsity Coach of Nashua High School in New Hampshire. During his time at Nashua High, he amassed a 61-28 record in five seasons from 1995-1999, won a New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I state championship in 1998, coached 16 NHIAA All-State Players, 14 New Hampshire/Vermont All-Stars and three All-Americans and was named NHIAA Division I Coach of the Year in 1995. Webb also served as an assistant coach for the Boston Blazers of the Professional Indoor Lacrosse League, from 1995-1997. In his twenty years of coaching, Webb accumulated an overall record of 202-80-1, good for a 72% winning percentage, and is a member of the 200 wins category of the US Lacrosse Century Club. His most recent honor came in 2001, when he was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame. A 1964 graduated of the University of Massachusetts, he was instrumental in creating the New England Premier Lacrosse Recruiting Showcase to spotlight the top prep lacrosse players in the nation.