Homewood City Schools is proud to announce Lea Cockerham as assistant principal at Homewood High School and Jazmine Powers as the girls head basketball coach.
Lea Cockerham, who is a HHS alum, will join Homewood High as an assistant principal, and his duties will include serving as the administrator in charge of Pathways Alternative School.
Cockerham has worked in education for 20 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director in Valdez City Schools in Alaska. During his time at Valdez, Cockerham chaired the history department, coordinated the district’s crisis and emergency management program, and established the school’s first football team and worked with the school and city administrators to build a field and track.
During his tenure in Valdez, Cockerham served as a city council member for the City of Valdez.
Cockerham also served 27 years in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Marines and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During that time, he served in active duty and in the reserves, including combat operations in the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.
“I am a proud graduate of Homewood High School, so it is an honor to be on this staff as an assistant principal. This is truly a dream job for me,” Cockerham said.
During the March Board of Education meeting, Jazmine Powers was hired as a physical education teacher, and she will also serve as the head coach of the girls basketball team.
Powers is currently an assistant womens basketball coach for Samford University. Prior to that, she spent one season as head coach of Cornerstone High School’s team where they won the area title.
Before her time at Cornerstone, Powers spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Samford. She earned a promotion following her first season with the team where she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and on the court coaching.
Powers graduated from Samford University in 2012 and played four seasons for the Bulldogs. She served as the team’s point guard and finished her playing career ranking seventh in school history in games played (122) and ninth in assists (187).
As a player, Powers won two Southern Conference Tournaments, participated in the WNIT, and helped the Bulldogs to two NCAA Tournaments. She was also a three-time member of Samford’s Dean's List and named to the SoCon's Academic Honor Roll. She graduated Cum Laude from Samford in 2012.
“I’m beyond thankful for this opportunity to be a part of such a special program here at Homewood High School. I’m really excited about getting to know the players and establishing a relationship with them. That will be my primary goal initially,” Powers said.
Homewood City Schools is honored to have Lea Cockerham and Jazmine Powers serve in the Homewood School System.