Within the last few days, the Homewood Patriots have lost two great coaches to other programs in the Birmingham area.
Girl’s basketball coach Jovanka Ward and boy’s golf coach, and assistant football coach, Keat Litton have both left the Patriots’ program.
Ward, who led Homewood to a state title two seasons ago, and finished as a runner-up behind LeFlore this past season, is heading to Alabaster to coach the Thompson girl’s program. Her teams were ranked No. 1 throughout the majority of the last two seasons, and she compiled a 94-31 record with the Patriots. She also earned the USA Today Alabama High School Coach of the Year, and the ASWA 6A Coach of the Year awards while at Homewood.
Ward will also teach drivers education at Thompson. She takes over for Josh Golden who left to take the boy’s basketball head coaching position at Mortimer Jordan. Ward served at Homewood Middle School before moving to the high school and also was an assistant at UAB, Alabama A&M and other colleges.
Litton heads to Spain Park to help lead their golf program and also to serve as an assistant football coach. He replaces Brian Carter, who has helped lead the Jaguars to four state titles in the last five years, including last year’s title. Carter has taken a position with the Alabama State Department of Education.
Litton comes to the Jags after helping Homewood win their first state title in boy’s golf this past season as they captured the 6A crown. Litton grew up in Homewood, and played on the Patriots’ 1995 5A football state championship team, and also lettered in baseball. Litton told the Hoover Sun, “I didn’t necessarily want to leave Homewood, but the opportunity to change (my day-to-day responsibilities) was appealing to me. To go to a program like Spain Park, whether it’s football or golf, was very attractive.”
Homewood now has two huge holes to fill as they get ready for next school year. The Homewood girl’s basketball roster is very young, and poised to make another run at the state finals again next year with almost everyone from the last two teams coming back. Homewood’s golf team is very young as well with many members of the state title winning roster coming back next year as well.