Hixson High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Gary Fain Photography

Q & A With Coach Nick Rivers III

Coach Nick Rivers III of Hixson High School

Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?

A. Hardnosed and experienced. We have many players that have had significant experience on both sides of the ball.

Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A. Jeffrey “Diesel” Deason, Richard Burney, Chase Packer, Tyus Henry, and Michael “Koko” Kendricks.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. I have watched our team grow and advance over the last four years. They are hungry for success and they are taking it upon themselves to get extra work on the field, the classroom, and the weightroom. They are doing the little things even when coaches are not watching.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Nothing really. I believe in maximizing time efficiently and effectively, and letting the players play fast. I trust my guys will show up every day ready to put the work in.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. I want to build an expectation of winning and continuing to do things the right way. I feel like making the playoffs was an experience that really helped our guys see there is another level to playing the game. Winning in November is different than the regular season.

Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A. Coach Ward has really given us a boost with our track and speed training this off-season. Our players are moving more explosively and have more confidence using their speed.


Coach name: Nick Rivers III (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Hixson)

Division/Class: TN I-4A

2022 Overall Record: 5-6

2022 District Finish: 4th

Mascot: Wildcats

2023 Schedule


18 East Hamilton (H)

25 Meigs Co. (A)


1 Ooltewah (A)

8 Signal Mountain (H)

15 Loudon (A)

22 Soddy Daisy (A)

29 Sequoyah (H)


6 Chattanooga Prep (H) 

20 Red Bank (H)

27 East Ridge (A)

Coach’s View

I feel like over the years we have made steady improvement as a program and that culminated in our first playoff berth in seven seasons. We are building a culture here through hard work and high character that I am used to seeing in Hixson High School’s program. I feel that if we focus on consistently doing the right things, then the wins will come on the field and in life for our young men. To me, that is success.