Steve Shepherd heads into his 17th year at the helm of the Bobcats team. During his 16-year tenure, Shepherd has accumulated a National title, three Fab Four appearances, a conference title, and three conference tournament titles for the College. The Bobcats have enjoyed thirteen 20-win seasons, including last year's record of 23-13. Shepherd's overall record currently stands at 348-178.
Shepherd has dedicated himself to developing student athletes who represent College of the Ozarks with character and pride. He has coached twelve NAIA DII All-American players, three of whom have received multiple recognition. In addition, Shepherd has coach eleven NAIA Scholar Athletes and five NCCAA Scholar Athletes.
In 2015, Shepherd added the role of Athletic Director to his resume, managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the College's athletic program. Shepherd received the honor of being named 2016-2017 A.I.I. Athletics Director of the Year.
Shepherd’s coaching career began in his hometown of Savannah, Mo. as the junior high boys’ basketball coach, followed by serving 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's next stop was in Aurora,Mo. as the head coach of the boys' basketball team. In his three years, Aurora secured two conference championships. Shepherd next stepped into the role of boys' basketball head coach at Parkview High School, posting a 53-24 record during his three years.
Following twelve successful years as a high school coach, Shepherd began his collegiate coaching career in 1998 at Evangel University. He served as the assistant for four seasons and was on the staff that celebrated Evangel’s 2002 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National 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 NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Championship, defeating Huntington University 74-56 in the title game. He was also named NAIA DII 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 married daughters, Alexis and Sydney.
Ryan Worley returns for his 11th 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 230-126 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 nine NAIA All-Americans, five Scholar Athletes, 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 and 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.
Cameron Paschke returns for his second year as an assistant coach. In his inaugural season as an assistant, Paschke helped lead the team to a 23-13 record.
Needless to say, Cam is no stranger to Bobcat basketball, having played four seasons under Coach Shepherd's leadership. Pashke led his team in points, assists, and steals during his final season and scored 1,701 career points for the Bobcats .
Paschke graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. His outstanding career as a Bobcat has provided him with a unique understanding of the team’s goals, work ethic, and on-court strategies—qualities that make him a valuable asset to the coaching staff.
Paschke is a full-time employee at FedX in Harrison, Ark. He is married to the Lady Bobcats' student assistant coach, Sydney Paschke.