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Sources: Spring League Houston franchise finds head coach, OL coach


The Houston Sea Lions are making a couple of key hires for their debut staff as part of an all-new expansion team in The Spring League.

Sources tell FootballScoop that the Sea Lions are tabbing Larry Kirksey as head coach and Blake Brockermeyer as offensive line coach.

Kirksey is a former long-time NFL assistant coach with stints on staff for five different franchises – San Francisco, Detroit, Denver, Jacksonville and Houston.

Additionally, Kirksey, a Kentucky native, served on various Power 5 college staffs, including both Alabama and Texas A&M.

Kirksey also served as head coach at Kentucky State for one season in the 1980s before he joined the staff of the Florida Gators, where he helped coach Emmitt Smith.

Brockemeyer's name is fairly synonymous with football. He's a former longtime NFL standout who spent a total of nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He was a first-round NFL Draft pick of the expansion Panthers in 1995 after a dominant run as a star offensive lineman and All-American for the University of Texas.

Additionally, Brockermeyer's sons all are making names for themselves in the world of football. Luke Brockermeyer is a current linebacker on the Longhorns' roster.

Twins James and Tommy Brockermeyer just signed as part of reigning College Football Playoffs champion Alabama's 2021 recruiting class. James was a consensus four-star prospect and Tommy was a five-star recruit widely labeled as the top offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

The duo signed as part of an Alabama offensive line class that has been heralded by some analysts as perhaps the best offensive line signing haul in the past decade.

Blake Brockermeyer has had a strong coaching career since he retired from the NFL. Prior to spending two seasons as an analyst at SMU, he held a variety of assistant coaching roles at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, where the program won five state championships during Brockermeyer's tenure.

The Spring League announced last week that it would expand to an eight-team, six-week schedule. The League launched in 2017.