Former UAB and NFL Quarterback Joe Webb Named Jackson-Olin Head Football Coach

Birmingham, AL – Former UAB and NFL quarterback Joe Webb has been named the 15th head football coach at Birmingham’s Jackson-Olin High School. Webb made the announcement on social media Thursday morning.

Webb, a Birmingham native, attended Ensley High School from 2001 to 2004 before transferring to Wenonah for his senior season. During his time with the UAB Blazers, Webb emerged as one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, amassing 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards. He still holds several UAB records and is celebrated as one of the greatest players in the school’s history. After college, Webb was drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings and enjoyed a decade-long NFL career, spending time with the Vikings, Panthers, Bills, Texans, Lions, and Giants.

Webb steps into the role as Jackson-Olin’s fourth head coach in four years. The Mustangs have seen a rapid turnover in their coaching staff, with Tim Vakakes (49-45) moving to Spain Park after the 2021 season, Jamaal Bess (4-7) leading the team in 2022, and Walter Jordan (0-10) taking over in 2023 before Bess was deployed overseas.

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Webb has strong ties to Jackson-Olin, having grown up in Ensley. He served as the team’s offensive coordinator in early 2023 before taking a brief hiatus to pursue a boxing career. 

During his playing days at Wenonah, Webb was named a Class 5A All-State honorable mention by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He set a school record for touchdowns in a single game, throwing four in a 415-yard passing performance. Webb also excelled in basketball and baseball for the Dragons. 

Jackson-Olin, who closed out 2023 with a 0-10 record, will compete in the newly redrawn Class 6A, Region 5, alongside Gardendale, Homewood, Minor, Mortimer Jordan, Parker, and Woodlawn. Webb will lead the Mustangs for the first time against his alma mater, Wenonah, on August 23rd at JO Field.

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