Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Head Coach
Steve Shepherd heads into his 19th year at the helm for the Bobcats. During his 18-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 fifteen 20-win seasons, including last year's record of 20-13. Shepherd's 30-year career as a head coach has seen him amass a 390-202 record at the collegiate level and a 259-75 record at the high school level, compiling an overall record of 649-277.
Last season, Shepherd led his team to a Runner-Up finish in the A.I.I. Conference Championship, which qualified the Bobcats for a trip to the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Shepherd has dedicated himself to developing student athletes who represent College of the Ozarks with character and pride. He has coached fourteen NAIA DII All-American players, three of whom have received multiple recognition, and two NCCAA DI All-Americans. In addition, Shepherd has coached eleven NAIA Scholar Athletes and six NCCAA Scholar Athletes. Most recent on Shepherd’s list of coaching honors is his 2020 induction into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
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 A.I.I. Athletics Director of the Year in 2016-2017.
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 head coach of the boys' basketball team. In his three years, Aurora secured two conference championships and an overall record of 65-20. 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 4 children - Alexis, Sydney, Angelina, Arianna and one granddaughter, Rowan.