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Hepler Named New Girls Basketball Coach

The Ozark School District Board of Education voted to hire Doug Hepler as the head high school girls basketball coach and junior high physical education teacher beginning the 2021-22 school year.

“After a regional search, we felt like we have the best coaches right here in southwest Missouri,” said Yancey Little, Ozark High School athletic director. “Doug has been a part of the rich tradition and understands what it takes to be successful. He has been a consistent and proven winner.”

Hepler has taught and coached in southwest Missouri since 1998. His coaching experience includes:

  • Head Girls Basketball Coach, Spokane, 2015-2017  
    • Conference Champions, SWCL Coach of the Year 
  • Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Drury University 2014-2015  
    • GLVC Conference Champions 
  • Head Girls Basketball Coach, Clever, 2013-2014 
  • Head Girls Basketball Coach, Mt. Vernon, 2007-2012  
    • Career Head Girls’ Basketball coaching record 174-52  
    • 2x Class 3 State Champions 2009-2010, 2011-2012  
    • 2x Associated Press and MBCA Class 3 Coach of the Year 2010, 2012  
    • District Champions 2010, 2011, 2012  
    • Conference Champions 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012  
    • Big 8 Coach of the Year 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 
  • Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Mt. Vernon 2003-2006 
  • AAU Coach of the Missouri Valley Magic 2002-2007  
    • 2005 finished 9th in the National rankings 
  • Jr. High Boys Track, Mt. Vernon, 2001-2012 
  • Jr. High Girls Volleyball, Mt. Vernon, 1999-2002 
  • Jr. High Boys Basketball, Mt. Vernon, 1998, 2003

“I would like to thank the Ozark School District for this opportunity,” said Hepler. “The rich tradition of the Girls Basketball program makes it one of the premier jobs in all of Missouri. My family and I are excited about the move, and we look forward to working alongside the many people that have poured into this school district and the Girls Basketball program. I would also like to thank Coach Yancey Little and Coach David Brewer for their dedication to the program. They have created a winning atmosphere, and I hope to build upon what they have already accomplished.”

Hepler is replacing Coach David Brewer. Brewer began coaching at Ozark High School in 2013 and has a total of 406 career wins with 30 years of experience coaching basketball. Brewer continues to coach girls track and field with Ozark High School.