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From the 2018 Siouxland Football Preview series


SIOUX CITY – Brian Webb wants his team to dive right in.

The new East High head coach takes over a program with plenty of history and success, but it also is coming off a two-year stretch without a playoff appearance. The last time the Black Raiders went more than two seasons without a playoff appearance was 2002-2004.

“The first thing people do when they go on a boat is they put their foot in the water before they jump in,” Webb said. “If it is too cold they don’t jump in. Well, I know it is going to be a little cold and I know I am going to go through a little bit of pain for two minutes, but after that the enjoyment is going to start.

“I am just going to jump in and not test the water because if you test the water you start to have self-doubt.”

That is how Webb, who spent the past five seasons as coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, wants his team to attack the season.

Webb said he knows this is a process that will not conclude after just one season, but the support that he has gotten helps him realize the importance of East football.

“I had so much support at the Walt Fiegel golf outing and there are so many East alum from across the country that are still invested in this football program,” he said. “It was deep.”