Joplin assistant Taute named Neosho head football coach

Brandon Taute spent 10 years with the Joplin program.

NEOSHO, Mo. – Brandon Taute is getting the opportunity to build a football program to his vision.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity,” Taute says, “I’m excited to take the reins myself and put my own stamp on the program.”

The former Joplin High School offensive coordinator has accepted an offer to become the head coach at COC rival Neosho High School, after spending 10 years with the Eagles program.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work under coach Jasper. He runs a great program. I’ve learned a million things from him,” Taute says on leaving the staff of current Joplin head coach Curtis Jasper, “I’ve loved my time in Joplin. I’ve been here a decade, and I’ve loved every bit of it. It’s tough to leave the players. We built those great relationships…but at the end of the day, we couldn’t let this opportunity pass us up.”

Taute led one of the most high-powered offenses in the state at Joplin High School.

In 2019, the Eagles posted 47 points per game, making a run to the Class 6 state championship game.

He now aims to turn around a Neosho program that finished last season with an 0-10 record.

“It’s exciting to take over a program and try to build it from the ground up,” Taute says, “They have a great administration and a great community. They have a lot of things in place that it takes to be successful. I’m just happy to be a part of that puzzle. We’re going to be an up-tempo, fast-paced offense. We’re going to play an exciting brand of football that the kids can be excited about.”