Central Ozark Conference

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Central Ozark Conference
Association Missouri State High School Activities Association
Members 8
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 10; women's: 9)
Region Missouri Ozarks
Headquarters N/A, N/A
Commissioner N/A
Website -NA-

The Central Ozarks Conference is a high school athletic conference represented by 8 schools in the southwest portion of Missouri. As the name implies, all schools are in the Ozarks region of the state. The conference offers championships for girls in Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. In boys sports, the COC offers championships in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Wrestling.

List of member schools[edit]

School Team Name Colors Town County Enrollment (2016-18)
Branson High School Pirates           Branson Taney 1430
Carthage High School (Lady) Tigers           Carthage Jasper 1356
Carl Junction High School Bulldogs          Carl Junction Jasper 1006
Neosho High School Lady Wildcats           Neosho Newton 1316
Nixa High School (Lady) Eagles           Nixa Christian 1733
Ozark High School (Lady) Tigers           Ozark Christian 1632
Republic High School (Lady) Tigers           Republic Greene 1389
Webb City High School (Lady) Cardinals           Webb City Jasper 1177
Willard High School (Lady) Tigers           Willard Greene 1324
Joplin High School High School (Lady) Eagles           Joplin Jasper 2216


Membership History[edit]

Carthage, Neosho, and Webb City joined the Central Ozark Conference after the collapse of the Southwest League.

Carl Junction joined the COC in July 2016, after three decades in the Big 8 Conference. Former Southwest League Member McDonald County replaced Carl Junction in the Big 8.[2]

Springfield Catholic was an independent before joining COC.

Future Membership[edit]

Joplin High School will join the Central Ozarks Conference large division in July 2018.[3] Joplin will move from the Ozark Conference.

The small division will discontinue after the 2017-18 school year. Buffalo announced in October 2016 it would become a founding member of the Ozark Highlands Conference.[4] The remaining schools, with the exception of Bolivar, will join the Big 8 conference.[5] Bolivar submitted an application to join the Ozark Conference in late December, with a decision expected in January 2017.[6]

In 2016 the COC Smaill division has accepted to join the Big 8 Conference. the Big 8 Conference now looks like: Citing the Springfield News-Leader:Joining the Big 8 are: Logan-Rogersville, Springfield Catholic, Reeds Spring, Hollister, Marshfield and Nevada. The current Big 8 Conference membership includes: East Newton, Cassville, Monett, McDonald County, Aurora, Lamar, Mt. Vernon and Seneca school districts.

Boliver High School has gone Independant with the ambition to join the Ozark Conference. It has Applied for 2017 and been denied.


  1. ^ https://www.mshsaa.org/2016_18MemberEnrollments.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.koamtv.com/story/25084919/carl-junction-to-join-the-coc
  3. ^ http://www.ozarkssportszone.com/pages/22671178.php
  4. ^ http://buffaloreflex.com/school/buffalo-high-school-to-join-new-conference/article_2de45ba8-958a-11e6-aa72-ef93b47ae1d9.html
  5. ^ http://www.ozarkssportszone.com/2016/12/05/big-8-conference-expanding-to-14-schools/
  6. ^ http://bolivarmonews.com/news/the-waiting-game/article_dbd29d48-c711-11e6-ab27-d796cd68e0ed.html