2021 JUNIOR HIGH
The Northside Lions football team is a team coached by a Conroe Police Night Shift Lieutenant Brent Stowe who is also the SWAT Commander. Stowe has been coaching for 8-years. His two sons went through the program at which time he was a dad coach. Since then he has been a volunteer coach/athletic director. This year’s head coach is Mike Helmer. Helmer who loves the program so much he retired after 25-years and has given all his time to the young men. The Lions are a home school team in their 11th year. The Northside Lions is an insured 501 c3 organization located in Montgomery County,
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Shown here are the four original members of the Northside Lions homeschool football team. From left, Nate Schneider, David Jordan, Caleb Nimmons and Jacob Zimmer stand in front of the scoreboard at Booker T. Washington Park in Conroe
For those who may have driven or walked down 1st Street in Conroe on a recent Friday night, you might have wondered just who that was playing football under the lights at Booker T. Washington Park. That's the Northside Lions, a homeschool football team built from scratch by head coach Paul Zimmer.
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Paul Zimmer was born in Erie, PA in 1969. He met his wife Kristen at Penn State University in 1991 where he was on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After ten years as an active duty Navy Pilot, Paul joined a major U.S. airline.
Paul and Kristen moved to Willis, TX in 2005. They homeschooled their 3 children on their small family farm, opening the front field to homeschool gym class (Zim-Gym!) and football and soccer fun. Their daughters Hannah and Sarah became avid soccer players. Son Jake took to football via the Conroe YMCA.
Jake aged out of YMCA football after 6th grade and there were no club or homeschool football teams in the area. The Lord led the Zimmers to explore starting a junior high homeschool football team.
The Northside Lions were born.
The Zimmer family was blessed with a new edition in 2009. Baby Paul was a long time young fan and fixture at team events. The Good Lord willing, he will join the Lions as a junior high player in 2022