According to multiple sources with first-hand knowledge and who were present for the announcement, Neosho head football coach Jared Schoonover said he will not be returning to the sidelines for the Wildcats in 2013.
Schoonover broke the news to his players and coaching staff in a meeting at the high school on Monday.
Both Schoonover and Neosho athletics director Corey Roy declined comment when contacted on Tuesday, with Schoonover reserving comment for a later date.
The move is not expected to become official until the next school board meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Roy, not speaking specifically about the football coach, said officials will enter closed session to discuss the status of all of Neosho's fall coaches at that meeting.
Schoonover, a native of Mound City, Mo., was promoted to head football coach in 2010, taking over the reigns from Shawn Flannigan when he left in 2009 to take the same job at Rogers (Ark.) High School.
Schoonover, who came to Neosho in 2009 as an assistant from Bentonville (Ark.) High School, took over offensive play calling duties from Flannigan after a 28-21 loss at Webb City midway through the 2009 season, before being promoted to head coach in May of the following year.
In his first season at the helm for the Wildcats in 2010, which also served as his first career stint as a head coach, Schoonover's team finished 5-5 overall, then slipped to 2-8 in '11 before going winless (0-10) last season.
In week six of the 2012 season, the Wildcats installed a new flexbone offense, with Schoonover citing the need to focus on building for the future. The Wildcats, while learning the new scheme on the fly, were outscored 227-52 in their final five games.