Houston Cougars Logo

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Houston Cougars Logo
The athletic program sponsored by the University of Houston bears the name of the Houston Cougars, which is typically shortened to “the Coogs” or “Houston.” The team name was suggested by John R. Bender, who worked at the university as a physical education instructor. The choice was partly explained by the fact that earlier in his life Bender used to be head football coach of the Washington State Cougars.

Meaning and history

Houston Cougars Logo history

Since the middle of the previous century, the Houston Cougars logo has gone through over five updates. The 1951 emblem featured a stylized cougar in full height. The rear legs of the creature were standing on the lettering “U of Houston.” Above the skinny beast, the word “Cougars” in tiny letters could be seen.
In 1962, a logo sporting interlocking letters “UH” in bright red was adopted. Both the letters were given in a slab serif type.
In 1995, a cougar appeared on the logo once again, although now it looked absolutely different. In 2003, the university returned to the monogram logo, although the type was different now. The following update took place in 2012 when a 3D design with two shades of red was introduced. Eventually, the team opted for a flat version.


Houston Cougars
The official palette includes the following colors:

  • Red: Pantone 186, RGB: 201, 42, 57
  • Dark Red: Pantone 188, RGB: 125, 41, 53
  • Gray: Pantone 421, RGB: 184, 185, 183

However, the Houston Cougars logo includes only one of these colors, namely red. In addition to it, the palette also comprises white, but it does not play a prominent role – it is just the background color.

Houston Cougars basketball

Houston Cougars basketball logo
Coached by Kelvin Sampson, the team made its last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2018. Their home arena is the Fertitta Center. There have been quite a few notable players, including Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, Basketball Hall of Famers. The women’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament five times.

Houston Cougars football

Houston Cougars football logo
The history of the football team started in 1946. Along with the university’s other teams, it belongs to the American Athletic Conference as a Division I team. The home arena is TDECU Stadium, which started working on the Robertson Stadium in 2014. In early 2019, Dana Holgorsen was appointed the head coach instead of Major Applewhite.

Houston Cougars baseball

Houston Cougars baseball logo
The team was fielded in 1947. Its home arena is Schroeder Park. The Cougars baseball team has made several NCAA Tournament appearances and two College World Series appearances. Since 2011, the team has been coached by Todd Whitting.