Northside Lions

Northside Lions


Northside Lions Are Born

The Northside Sports Association (NSA) was the fulfillment of a dream, a desire to better serve the Montgomery County community by offering young men, who were not part of the public-school system, in the area an opportunity to play tackle football in a competitive league environment. Established in 2009, NSA is an insured 501c3 organization located in Montgomery County, TX, and is open to players from 12 years old through high school seniors.  

Northside is Here to Stay

Northside had humble beginnings in a pasture owned by the organization’s visionary, founder, and first Head Coach, Paul Zimmer.  Zimmer coached his players on the field and then took them to his front porch where he would lead them in devotionals to build them up in the Word.  Since inception, over 300 players have been part of the Lions’ legacy, which currently consists of two football teams (junior high and high school) as well as a cheerleading squad.   

New Leadership
Welcome Brent Stowe!

Coach Zimmer eventually handed the football off to others whom he trusted with the stewardship of the organization.

Returning for his eighth year in 2020, serving as a Board Member and as NSA’s Athletic Director, Tactical Team Commander, Brent Stowe of the Conroe Police Department went from the role of father watching his sons play for the Lions into coaching the high school team.

He currently serves in multiple roles along with his wife, Toni, as they chase their dream to help provide an affordable, competitive and safe environment for non-public school athletes to experience their gridiron dreams. 

Coach Helmer Joins NSL
Most Winningest Coach

Head Coach Mike Helmer joined the Northside Lions organization in 2020. Coach Helmer enjoys teaching young men God's truth and uses football as the tool to accomplish that.

Coaching has been a ministry for him to spread the Gospel for over 25 years. Most of his coaching experience was in the Dallas area where he was fortunate enough to coach in 10 TAPPS state championship games being able to win 3 of them. Coach Helmer, after being an athletic director, teacher and coach for many years went into the business world two years ago.

His company (Game On!) transferred him to Houston in July 2019 and he currently lives in Spring with his wife Betty and stepdaughters, Jackie and Itzel. Coach Helmer has a daughter, Melody, who lives in Dallas and son, Mason, who is a student at Texas Tech. In 2021, Coach Helmer led the Lions to the TAIAO State Championship.

55-0 Sabine River Rivalry

A hard fought game. The Northside Lions beat Acadiana Defenders 55-0.

Way to close out the season!