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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Greg Orphanides

Head Coach

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Education: Portsmouth University - B.A. in Accounting.

Greg has been involved in swimming for over 20 years, and throughout that time has been successful both in and out of the pool.

As a swimmer, Greg always strove for his goals and pursued excellence. At the height of his career Greg represented Great Britain for 10 years at various national and international competitions including the World and European Championships. Greg still competes in Masters swim meets and holds World and European records in both distance freestyle and IM events. As a coach, he has seen even more success progressing several athletes to National Standards. Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports, Greg was the Age Group Swimming Coach and Swimming Development Officer in Glasgow, Scotland where he was responsible for organizing all swimming lessons in addition to managing over 40 swim teachers. Since joining COOGS, Greg has led the team to its best finish ever at Sectionals and guide swimmers to TAGS, Junior National, and National Championships.

Greg has an enthusiasm for coaching and is an inspiration to our COOGS swimmers.

Bob B Tweedy

Age Group Coach - South

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Education:  University of Arizona – degrees in Journalism and Athletic Coaching
 
Four year letterman of the Swimming & Diving team at Arizona. Began his coaching career in 1979 and has coached swimmers at various levels:  summer league, high school, and US club programs. Currently works with the age-groupers at the COOGS south location where the emphasis is building correct stroke technique that provides a solid foundation for future success and love of the sport. In his day job he is an astronaut trainer, teaching International Space Station crews how to exercise in microgravity.
 
The best part about being on the Coog Coaching staff are fellow coaches he’s privileged to work with and, of course, the athletes who train in the program.

Phil N Bich

Fundamental & Junior Blue Coach

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Currently pursuing a degree in Business Management and has absolutely no clue as to when he will finish!

Phil has been swimming competitively at various levels since he was 8, starting with summer league and adding club swimming and eventually high school to the mix. He currently trains and competes with the COOGS Masters program. He has achieved several summer league championships records and more recently a USA top 10 time in the 400 Individual Medley in Masters.

Phil has been coaching at different venues since he was 14, starting as a junior coach on the Pearland Pirates summer league program and most recently as coach at the ROCC club team and summer league programs.

Phil started with the COOGS swimming program in 2008 and literally has never left. He looks forward to passing on the teachings of his fellow coaches and continuing to inspire young swimmers to share his passion for the sport.

Jayson Williams

Age Group Blue Coach

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