Steve Shepherd has a solid reputation for success as the head coach of the Bobcats. Entering his 15th year, he has accumulated a National title, three Fab Four appearances, a conference title, and three conference tournament titles for the College. During Shepherd’s tenure, the Bobcats have enjoyed eleven 20-win seasons, and he has coached twelve All-American players and nine Scholar Athletes. Last season Shepherd collected his 300th win, as the Bobcats posted a 20-9 record. In addition to his on-court success, Shepherd has dedicated himself to developing student athletes who represent College of the Ozarks with character and pride.
Shepherd’s coaching career began in his hometown of Savannah, Mo. as the junior high boys’ basketball coach. His next stop was as the head girls' coach at Marionville, Mo., where he accumulated a record of 141-31 and led the team to a 1991 State Championship. Shepherd moved on to Aurora,Mo. as the head coach of the boys' basketball team. In his three years, Aurora won two conference championships. Shepherd then served three years as boys' basketball head coach at Parkview High School, posting a 53-24 record.
Following 12 successful years as a high school coach, Shepherd began his collegiate coaching career in 1998 at Evangel University. He served as the assistant to Evangel's head coach Steve Jenkins for four seasons. In 2002, Shepherd was on the staff that celebrated Evangel’s NAIA Division II national basketball championship.
In 2002, Shepherd was introduced as the fourth head coach in the history of College of the Ozarks' men's basketball. In his fourth year at the helm, the 2006 Bobcats delivered to College of the Ozarks their first-ever national championship, defeating Huntington University 74-56 in the title game. He was also named NAIA National Coach of the Year.
Shepherd graduated from Savannah High School in 1982. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northwest Missouri State in 1986 and his master’s degree in middle school education from Evangel University in 2004. Shepherd and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Alexis and Sydney.
Todd Wright enters his fifth season as an assistant coach with the College of the Ozarks men’s basketball program after joining Shepherd’s staff in June of 2012.
In his first four seasons as an assistant with the Bobcats, C of O has a combined 89-41 record. Wright has helped guide the Bobcats to an MCAC regular season conference championship (2014-15), an MCAC conference tournament championship (2013), four consecutive NAIA National Championship appearances, and has coached five NAIA All-Americans. Wright’s responsibilities within the program include scouting, film exchange and player development.
Wright came to College of the Ozarks after spending three seasons, 2009-2012, as an assistant coach at Hollister (Mo.) High School. Wright helped guide the Tigers to a Class 2 state playoff appearance in 2010. Prior to his arrival at Hollister, Wright was at Messenger College in Joplin for six years, including two seasons as head coach from 2005-2007, earning a regional tournament championship in 2007.
Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Messenger College. He was a four-year letterman (1996-2000) for the Eagles men's basketball program, guiding them to two straight NBCAA National Tournament appearances (1998 and 1999). Wright received his master’s degree in liberal arts from the Midwest College of Theology and earned a PhD in soteriology from Midwest Theological University in 2013.
Coach Wright has served as an Adjunct Professor in the College's Physical Education Department during his time at C of O. He and his wife, Ginger, have three children, Parker, Macy and Ethan.
Ryan Worley returns for his 9th year as an assistant coach with the Bobcats after serving as head boys basketball coach at both Sparta and Hollister High Schools.
Worley's tenure at the College has helped the team compile a 187-103 record, which has included a National Championship Title in 2006, a National Runner-Up Title in 2009, and two Elite Eight finishes in the NAIA National Championship. He has assisted in coaching and developing eight NAIA All-Americans, three Scholar Athletes, a number of MCAC All-Conference players, and three former Bobcats who went on to play professionally overseas.
Before joining the Bobcat coaching staff in 2002, Worley was an assistant coach at Parkview High School under the leadership of Shepherd and current Kickapoo High School head coach Dick Rippee. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Kickapoo High School, where he helped lead the varsity team to the conference championship with a 24-4 record, finishing 9th in the state Class 5 final rankings.
Ryan and his wife, Shelly, reside in Nixa with their four boys, Austin, Tristan, Kenton, and Kyan.