|College:||Mary Hardin-Baylor, '95|
Since arriving as Belmont's third volleyball head coach in 2003, Deane Webb transformed Belmont into an Atlantic Sun powerhouse that consistently competed for championships. One of the most dedicated and accomplished young coaches in the country, Webb will enter his tenth season at Belmont with the opportunity to continue his tremendous success as the school’s all-time winningest coach. This season, Webb will lead the Bruins in their first season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
During Webb's tenure, the Bruin program has simply redefined itself; enjoying marked improvement across the board. From facilities to recruiting; from academics to on-court performance, Webb has laid the groundwork for a winning tradition for years to come.
The 2011 season saw five Bruins named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference teams, including three on the first team as Belmont won the A-Sun regular season title. Under Webb, 19 different Belmont players have been named to either the first or second team and 2011 marked the eighth consecutive year in which at least one Bruin was named to the first and second team. Webb has coached three AVCA All-South Region players, Colleen Nilson (2007), Kayla Albritton (2010) and Maggie Johnson (2011). Maggie Johnson was also honored as the A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year last year. The Bruins have also earned five AVCA Team Academic Awards in the last seven years. Webb’s consistent success coaching players to the top of the conference in individual performance is one reason Webb has become the winningest coach in school history.
The Bruins 25 wins in 2008 marked the fifth consecutive 20-win campaign enroute to Belmont’s second A-Sun title and NCAA tournament berth in three years. It was just the fourth time in conference history -- first among current members -- that a program has achieved such a consistent winning mark. Webb saw a record of five players earn All-Conference postseason honors. Colleen Nilson was the first Belmont student-athlete ever named First Team All-Conference four consecutive years. Nilson was also tabbed AVCA All-American in 2007.
In nine years Webb has transformed the Bruins' roster into one of the most consistently talented lineups. Belmont boasts a young, promising roster due largely in part to his recruiting diligence and keen eye for talent. Webb has secured commitments from several top club players from around the nation over the past several seasons. In 2010, he became the youngest coach in Division I to reach 300 career victories. Since joining Belmont's staff, Webb has become a voting member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) weekly Top-25 poll and a member of the AVCA's head coaches committee.
Under Webb, the Bruins have competed in two NCAA Tournaments. In 2006, Belmont played Ohio State in Columbus and in 2008 the team played Hawaii in Los Angeles. Belmont’s 11-match winning streak and 18 match home win streak from 2006-08 tied the record for longest in program history.
Webb came to Belmont from East Tennessee State University where, in his first year, he led the Bucs to one of the best seasons in ETSU women's volleyball history with an overall record of 20-6. The Bucs also earned a second place finish in the Southern Conference after being picked seventh in the pre-season polls. In that same year, ETSU had their best regular season winning percentage since 1991 and their highest seed in the Southern Conference Tournament since 1992. In 2001, Webb coached the SoCon's Player of the Year, setter Carey Cavanaugh, and saw outside hitter Nicole Ryan garner the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2002. Webb compiled a 28-29 record over two seasons at ETSU.
Prior to his arrival at ETSU, Webb served four years as the head coach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. He was a two-time NAIA Conference and Region Coach of the Year and led his team to unrivaled success. Webb took over a team that finished 7-31 in 1996 and improved its record to 24-19 in his first season. In his second year, Indiana Wesleyan finished 35-16 and followed with a 32-12 mark in 1999. His 2000 squad set school records for wins (43) and winning percentage (.915/43-4). Indiana Wesleyan earned the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship and was ranked as high as 11th in the NAIA polls. The NCCAA National Coach of the Year, Webb was also nominated for NAIA National Coach of the Year. Overall, Webb posted a 134-51 record during his four year tenure at Indiana Wesleyan and produced eight all-conference selections as well as a third team All-American honoree. While in Indiana, Webb served as a head and assistant coach for the Munciana Volleyball Club in Muncie, Ind. The Munciana teams form the top club program in the nation and earned the club national championship in every year Webb was involved with the organization.
While at Indiana Wesleyan, Webb also served as an assistant professor in the department of health, physical education, recreation and athletics.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Webb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 1995 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Webb resides in Nashville with his wife Rebecca, and daughters Sarah Faith and Ashlyn Hope.