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Houston Cougars Logo

Houston Cougars Logo
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Seventeen teams sponsored by the University of Houston compete in the NCAA Division I as participants in the American Athletic Conference. The sports program is officially called Houston Cougars. This nickname was coined by John Reinhold โ€œChiefโ€ Bender, one of the schoolโ€™s faculty members and former Washington State Cougars football coach. There are also unofficial aliases: Houston, UH, and Coogs. The mascot of the teams is a cougar named Shasta, and the main colors are scarlet and white.

Meaning and History

Houston Cougars Logo History
Houston Cougars Logo Evolution

Some early logos are dedicated to the symbol of the sports department โ€“ the wild cougar. On the emblem of 1951, the cougar is depicted in a jump. The drawing looks like a sketch and consists of red strokes and lines. In the upper right corner is the word โ€œCougars,โ€ at the very bottom is the phrase โ€œU of Houston.โ€ In 1962, the multicomponent image was replaced by a monogram of the red letters โ€œUโ€ and โ€œH.โ€

The 1995 variant again pleased the fans with its colorfulness. The logo consists of three elements: a crouching cougar, a large Houston inscription, and a white rectangle with the word Cougars. True, this logo did not last long: in 2003, the classic monogram โ€œUHโ€ returned. Its final version was presented in 2012. Designers made the letters three-dimensional, combining two shades of red, and circled the image with a scarlet stripe.

1951 – 1961

Houston Cougars Logo 1951-1961

1962 – 1994

Houston Cougars Logo 1962-1994

1995 – 2002

Houston Cougars Logo 1995-2002

2003 – 2011

Houston Cougars Logo 2003-2011

2012 – present

Houston Cougars Logo 2012-Present

Houston Cougars Basketball

Houston Cougars emblem

The debut match of the menโ€™s team took place in 1946. The University of Houston womenโ€™s basketball program at that time already existed. Cougars participated in the NCAA Menโ€™s Division I Tournament twenty-one times and five times in the NCAA Division I Womenโ€™s Basketball Tournament.

Houston Cougars Football

Houston Cougars symbol

The first team appeared in 1946 โ€“ after students signed several petitions demanding to join the intercollegiate football competitions. The program was successful: athletes unconditionally won in eleven conference championships and two division championships.

Houston Cougars Baseball

Houston Cougars sing

The University of Houston has been sponsoring the baseball team since 1947. Success came to it in 1950, when Lovette Hill took over as a coach. Under his leadership, players competed in several NCAA Regional and first participated in the College World Series. Todd Whitting now coaches baseball players.