STEPPING DOWN

Tawas Area head coach Tim Webb, pictured here in the team’s raining season opener against Alcona, stepped down after 14 seasons as head coach of the Braves last week. Webb went 66-64 in his time with the Braves, qualifying for the post-season seven times.

TAWAS CITY – It appears as if there will be a new head football coach for the Tawas Area football team next fall. Tim Webb, after guiding the Braves as head coach of the team the last 14 seasons, stepped down last week. 

Webb had seven winning seasons and six playoff appearances and has a career record of 66-64 overall, making him the program’s second all-time winningest coach.

“I received a letter of resignation from coach Webb after the season,” athletic director Matt Unke said via telephone Monday morning. “The posting will be out there for two weeks and we will go through the process with the qualified candidates.” 

When asked to elaborate on Webb’s decision, Unke would only rehash his prior comment.

“He submitted a letter of resignation after the season,” he said. 

The situation appears to similar to 2017, when Webb was given an ultimatum of either submitting an improvement plan or a letter of resignation after a 2-6 season. Webb’s replacement Kraig Houthoofd stepped down the following June, thus opening the door for Webb’s return the last two seasons. In 2018 the Braves were a surprise playoff team, going 5-4 while this past fall they were 4-4, missing the post-season by one win. After this season’s final game, in what was a 45-0 thrashing of Inland Lakes, Webb made every indication that he planned to return for the 2020 season. Unlike 2017 however, it appears Webb was not given an option of submitting an improvement plan. 

When reached via text message Monday Morning, Webb declined to comment. 

According to superintendent John Klinger, Webb’s letter of resignation was received on Wednesday, Nov. 20. He would not give indication as to why it was submitted. 

“All I know is we received a letter of resignation that was submitted by Tim Webb,” he said. “The resignation came to us with little to no advance warning. (The job posting) went up Friday and will be posted internally and externally. It is going to be a two week posting, at that point we will form some kind of committee and look at hiring people.” 

Klinger was appreciative of Webb’s efforts in his time as a Brave. 

“I wanted to make sure I had an opportunity to thank coach Webb,” he said. “He served our community as head coach for 14 years. We just greatly appreciate all his efforts and hard work in that program.” 

As for speculation that Webb was asked to resign by the administration, Klinger was not willing to discuss the matter. He denied that a member of the administration asked Webb to step down. 

“That’s all we will have to take that as, as a rumor,” he said. “I can’t speak to that, that’s the first I have heard of that.” 

Tawas head coaching history: 

• Tim Webb 2006-2017 (66-64 overall, 1-7 playoffs)

• Tim St. Aubin 2000-2005 (17-39, 1-2 playoffs) 

• Dan Pippin 1996-1999 (16-20)

• Dick Look 1972-1995 (138-77, 1-3 playoffs) 

• Ted Guthard 1970-1971 (9-8-1)

• Steve Sventko 1967-1969 (9-16-2)

• Ernie Mousseau 1965-1966 (5-12-1)

• Herb Escott 1960-64 (28-13-1) 

• Howard Adams 1956-1959 (10-21-1) 

• Fred Hickman 1953-1955 (2-9)