Northside Lions

Northside Lions

Paul Zimmer

Junior High Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Junior High Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Paul Zimmer returns in 2022 after 10 previous seasons on the Lions coaching staff. Coach Paul was the Head Coach Northside Lions Junior High (the first 2 years of the program), Head Coach Northside Lions Varsity (6 years), Head Coach Northside Lions Houston Select Spring Football League 2011, and the Board President from 2010 to 2019.

Coach Paul took the Lions to the 2015 Texas Homeschool Division ll State Championship and also coached the 2016 NHFA Beach Bowl Champions.

Paul grew up a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the decade of The Steel Curtain and attended Penn State University during the Joe Paterno years. In 2006, after 10 years of active duty service as a United States Navy pilot and officer; Paul, his college sweetheart Kristen, and their 3 young homeschooled children were led to a sixty acre ranch in Willis, Texas.

Here a homeschool gym class – “Zim Gym” – thrived for many years. When son Jake aged out of the local football program, he and a few regular attendees of Zim Gym needed a team.

In 2010 Paul and Kristen established the Northside Lions. From the beginning, the Lions coaches taught the rules of the eleven man game, but also prepared the players to be future Christ-centered men.

God has always been the cornerstone of this football club. He is always the focus, the first stone that was laid 13 seasons ago! And now son Paul Zimmer is a first year player on the junior high team. And God continues to grow and bless the Northside Lions.

Coach Paul’s favorite football word is VALOR. His favorite characteristic of Jesus Christ is MEEKNESS.

“The Northside Lions teach our boys to become powerful young men of great courage in the face of worldly dangers (valor); men with control of their power and strength (meekness) through a personal walk with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”Coach Paul Zimmer