VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — It’s been 30 years since Paul Webb retired as Old Dominion’s head basketball coach, but he still gives back to the game through his summer basketball camps that have been going on for the last 51 years.
“Almost daily I run into somebody that say’s ‘Coach, I was in your camp 30 years ago, I was in your camp 40 years ago, and coach, my grandson is at your camp,’ so it’s rewarding, the longevity that we have been able to maintain,” Webb said.
Coach Webb is old school. And while he’s teaching the finer points of the game to the kids, he’s also trying to send a bigger message.
“I feel good about what we’ve brought to the kids,” Webb said. “Not just basketball, but the importance of team work and working together, just trying to do your best, that school work is just as important as basketball.”
Coach Webb doesn’t do it alone, his son Eddie is along for the ride, and with a storied coaching career, coach Webb has seen some big names come through his camp.
“First one that comes to mind is Moses Malone,” Webb said. “Then there was Ralph Sampson, Grant Hill, Alonzo Mourning, Mark West, Kenny Gattison, Dell Curry, just to name a few.”
Basketball has changed in the last 30 years. Television money has turned college hoops into a billion dollar business, and while the game evolves, coach Webb says some things about the game have been left behind.
“I think the players are bigger, stronger, faster, quicker,” Webb said. “They don’t know the fundamentals as well. There are so many players today that are just good athletes but still really don’t know how to play the game, they get by on their athletic skills and athletic abilities.