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Depees bound for Branson, as former Ozark coach to join Pirates as an assistant


As much as many things will change for Chad Depee beginning next school year, some things will remain the same for the former Ozark coach.

Depee has confirmed he has accepted a job to join Branson coach Aaron Hafner’s staff as an assistant. It will be a reunion for Depee and Hefner, who were teammates at Southwest Baptist.

Depee will obviously remain a part of the COC and will also continue to live at his home just outside of Ozark.

Depee compiled a 32-52 W-L record in eight years at Ozark, while posting three winning seasons. The 2016 campaign was Depee's finest season, as the Tigers were 8-3 and posted the program’s only win against Webb City.

The Tigers averaged 20 points or more a game in five of Depee’s eight seasons.

Depee also was a head coach for five years at Monett and four years at El Dorado Springs.

Depee will continue to coach his son. Gage Depee will be a Pirate his senior year, after leading Ozark in rushing last season with 803 yards on 147 carries and topping the Tigers in tackles with 77, including five tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack.

Gage moved from running back to quarterback for Ozark’s final two games and completed 8-of-17 passes for 70 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown.

Ozark will host Branson in Week Eight next season. The Tigers beat the Pirates 28-7 last year. Ozark and Branson split their eight meetings during Chad Depee’s tenure with the Tigers.

Branson was 1-9 and outscored by an average of 27 points a game in its first go-around with Hafner at the helm. The Pirates have not had a winning season since 2010.