After three years of leading the Waxahachie baseball program, Matt Webb has decided to step down.

Webb, who has posted a 56-30-2 record as the Indians’ head coach in three years, has taken the assistant head football coach’s job in Keller.

“At this point in my career, if I want to be an athletic director, I need to start taking steps toward that,” Webb said. “I also got tired of missing my kids’ games during the spring and I want to get more involved in what they’re doing.”

Waxahachie Superintendent Tom Collins said he had known for a couple weeks that Webb was thinking about taking another job offer, but was still surprised when he found out.

“We are real pleased with what he and his staff have accomplished,” Collins said. “I knew he was entertaining the idea, but I was still really surprised. We’re going to miss him.”

When Webb took over the program, the Indians were under probation by the UIL. After the probation was lifted, the Indians were 44-18-1, made two straight playoff appearances and won a district title over the last two years. Webb said leaving the program in a good situation is something he is proud of.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to not coach baseball for a while,” he said. “I take pride in knowing the kids had fun and that I’m leaving with the cupboard still full.”

Collins expects plenty of interest in the Indian head coaching job when it gets posted.

“This is one of the crown jewel jobs,” he said. “There is a strong tradition of baseball in Waxahachie and coach Webb kept that going.

“We expect that tradition to continue with whoever we bring in as the next coach.”