As of Tuesday, February 11, Matt Hixon, Neosho High School girls' basketball coach, is no longer serving as a head coach or coach for the district.. The 2019-2020 school year was his second as the Wildcats girls head coach. Prior to that, Hixon was an assistant coach at Neosho High School for four seasons. He was promoted to head coach upon the resignation of Grant Berendt. Berendt resigned his post as girls basketball coach to become the head coach at Mount Vernon High School.

On Tuesday, in a meeting with school administration Hixon was relieved of his coaching duties.

Hixon's last game as coach was Thursday, February 6 when the Lady Wildcats lost to Ozark, 85-30 at Ozark.

Hixson has been a history and government teacher at Neosho High since 2013 and he’s the sponsor of the Key Club. His coaching background also includes being the assistant coach for the girls soccer team, Neosho freshmen boys basketball, Neosho eighth grade girls basketball, and three years on the AAU travel ball circuit.

A lifelong Neosho resident, Hixson graduated from Neosho High in 1998 and he continued his educational career first at Crowder and then Missouri State. Hixson served five years in the United States Army and worked six years in law enforcement in various capacities.

Hixon will continue in his role as a teacher.

Neither school administration or Hixon provided any details about any reason for the decision.

At press time, the Lady Wildcats were 6-16 for the season and 0-5 for in district.