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Zack Owens Named Head Boys Soccer Coach

The Ozark School District Board of Education voted to hire Zack Owens as the head boys soccer coach beginning the 2020-21 school year.

“Coach Owens’ experience with the Ozark High School soccer program will provide a smooth transition for families and the program,” said Yancey Little, Ozark High School Athletics and Activities Director. “He has served as an assistant under some outstanding head coaches, not to mention his own experience as a head coach. We look forward to him continuing the great traditions of the Ozark High School soccer program.”

A 2002 Ozark High School graduate, Owens returned to Ozark in 2015 as the assistant boys soccer coach and West Elementary physical education teacher. His coaching experience includes:

  • 2018-current – assistant high school girls soccer – Ozark
  • 2015-current – assistant high school boys soccer – Ozark
  • 2016-2017 – head 7th grade boys basketball – Ozark
  • 2015-2016 – assistant 7th grade boys basketball – Ozark
  • 2013-2015 – assistant high school boys and girls soccer – Joplin
  • 2013-2015 – head high school girls basketball – McAuley Catholic
  • 2012-2013 – assistant high school soccer and boys basketball – Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

“I am genuinely excited about this opportunity to give back to the community and school that helped mold me,” said Owens. “I will always be an Ozark Tiger and I’m grateful for the challenge of filling very successful shoes. I look forward to continuing to mentor our student athletes and helping to build a strong foundation for their future endeavors. Our program will remain successful for years to come and I couldn't be happier to be at the helm of it all.” 

Owens is replacing Coach Tom Davidson, who stepped down to focus on his family. Davidson began coaching at Ozark High School in 2008 and has a total of 29 years of coaching experience with an impressive career taking the Tigers to four COC conference and district titles, and a state quarterfinals appearance in 2016.