Ozark High School’s boys soccer team will be kickin’ it to a new leader’s instructions.
Zach Owens has been hired by the Board of Education as the new boys soccer coach.
“Coach Owens’ experience with the Ozark High School soccer program will provide a smooth transition for families and the program,” Yancey Little, Ozark High School Athletics and Activities Director, said in a statement. “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.”
Owens, a 2002 Ozark grad, began his coaching career at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and coached at Joplin before coming back to the Ozark School District in 2015. He has been the assistant head coach for boys soccer since 2015, and girls soccer since 2018.
“I am genuinely excited about this opportunity to give back to the community and school that helped mold me,” Owens said in a statement. “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 replaces long time coach Tom Davidson, who began coaching at Ozark in 2008 and helped the Tigers win four district and COC Conference titles, along with a state quarterfinals appearance in 2016.