Gooooooal! Larry Webb Has a Blast With Soccer

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Winning in home building is not the only competitive outlet for John Laing Homes CEO Larry Webb.

August 01, 2002

 

Soccer has been a passion for Larry Webb for 31 years, since his days as a high school teacher and coach in Massachusetts. Here, he gives members of the Back Bay Blast game-day instruction..

Winning in home building is not the only competitive outlet for John Laing Homes CEO Larry Webb. A longtime soccer coach at various levels, Webb’s work with his daughters’ youth teams ultimately led him to instruct soccer moms (including his wife, Janet Hadley) who had expressed interest in playing.

Sunday morning pickup games nine years ago evolved into an organized team, the Back Bay Blast, in a Newport Beach, Calif.-area league for women 25 and older.

“The first couple years we did not do very well, but they had a good time,” Webb says. “But as things progressed, they improved and new players came on. We have won the league and the playoffs both of the last two years.”

Webb’s love of the game also meant he was among those who got up in the middle of the night during June to watch World Cup matches on television.

“I was a vampire,” Webb says. “But it was OK. Everyone gave me a lot of sympathy the whole month. I had big bags under my eyes.”

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