On Sunday, October 1 during worship we are privileged to host guest speaker Eric Littleton. He is the head basketball coach for boys at Flower Mound High School and has recently written the book Solomon's Gift. Here is a summary of Solomon's Gift from Eric Littleton's website: solomonsgift.com.
"In 2009, six-year-old Solomon Littleton contracted a rare neurological disease that left him unresponsive. Making matters worse, their insurance company dropped them without recourse in their time of greatest need. In only a few short months, the Littleton's American Dream turned into a nightmare. Over the ensuing months and years, Solomon's family frantically searched for answers to their son's mysterious illness. Solomon's Gift shares how the Littleton's experience transformed their view of faith and compassion and the power of finding joy in the midst of struggle."
About Eric Littleton
Flower Mound head boys basketball coach Eric Littleton is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former student assistant coach for Dean Smith and the UNC Tarheel basketball program.
After graduating from UNC with his degree in English Education in 1990, Coach Littleton served as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. At the time, Littleton was the youngest division I assistant coach in the country. After finishing a two-year stint at Arkansas Little Rock, Littleton was named the first head coach of the newly established Edmond North, Oklahoma High School, where he was the youngest 6A head coach in the state. In only the school's second season, the Huskies broke into the top 10 in Oklahoma's largest classification, 6-A, where they remained for the remainder of Littleton's tenure. In 1999 Littleton was named the head coach of Cascade College in Portland, Oregon. Once again, in only his second season at Cascade College Littleton's team posted the best record in school history and competed for the school's first conference title. After Cascade College Littleton coached overseas on Okinawa Island.
Littleton is currently the head coach of 6A Flower Mound, Texas High School. Over the last five years at Flower Mound High School the Jaguars have won the most games in school history in 2012-13 (26), won the second most games in school history in 2015-16 (25), made the playoffs three(2013, 2016, 2017) of five seasons with the fourth season (2015) being a play-in game, made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017 for only the second time in school history, posted the most wins in any two-year stretch in school history in the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season (45 wins), posted the second most wins in any two-year stretch in school history the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season (44 wins), posted the most wins in any 5-year stretch in school history(2012-2017), had the best finish in district in school history (2016-17), beat the number one ranked team in the state of Texas for the first time in school history (2016-17), and broke into the Texas 6-A top ten for the first time in school history (2015-16).
In 2005 Littleton published his first book, Fifth-Quarter Faith: Lessons to Learn When the Game is Over. In Fifth-Quarter Faith, Littleton highlights what he calls the "missed teachable moments" in sports settings than can be used to build character, faith, and values in our young people. Littleton is currently working on his second book, Solomon's Gift, which deals with the devastating illness one of his twin sons, Solomon, contracted and the ensuing journey of self-discovery that he and his family experienced on their way to discover the power of relentlessly pursing hope, unconditional love, and joy in the face of great tragedy and struggle. Littleton now speaks to groups, sharing his family's story and the power of never giving up in the face of challenges.
Littleton is a native of Ada, Oklahoma and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Marci, for 31 years. The Littletons have twin sons Isaac and Solomon (14 years) and a daughter Carolina Grace (12 years).