Webb Honors 2021-22 Coaches of the Year
The Webb Schools have named Webb School of California wrestling coach Eric Hansen and Vivian Webb School soccer coach Malick Mbengue as the 2021-22 Coaches of the Year.
Director of Afternoon Activities and Athletics Steve Wishek announced the awards on September 30 during Webb’s 2022-23 Family Weekend.
Hansen joined Webb in 2019 as a humanities teacher and coach, inheriting a wrestling program that had struggled with turnover and reduced participation. But Hansen quickly brought new energy to the program, creating a dynamic experience for the students who joined.
Then the pandemic hit, and Webb was unable to field a team. The shutdown created a new surge of worries for the program’s future. But Hansen stepped up to restore the program in 2021.
“The program had its biggest turnout and most successful season in over a decade. This turnaround is a testament to the care, positivity and openness this coach brings to the program and the athletes in his charge. The sense of camaraderie in the team is real and infectious,” Wishek said.
Mbengue joined Webb in 2017 as a world languages teacher and VWS varsity soccer coach. Before his arrival, the team had only won a single league championship. After his arrival, it has won two league championships, one CIF title (the first in VWS history for any sport) and a state regional title (the first ever for Webb).
This is in addition to a host of individual honors for his athletes.
“With a deep understanding of the game and a natural ability to connect with his athletes he has led his players individually to 20 first-team all-league selections, two League Players of the Year Awards, seven All CIF recognitions and one CIF player of the year award,” Wishek said.
Mbengue’s stellar coaching also led to him being named league coach of the year and CIF coach of the year in 2021-22.