Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports, also known as COOGS, is a year-round swimming team created in 2003 by the late Mark Taylor, Head Coach of the University of Houston’s Women’s Swimming Team. We offer a guided age-group program for children aged 5 and up as well as a masters program, for the beginner swimmer to the most competitive and skilled swimmer. When a young person becomes a member of COOGS, they learn the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. The mission of the Houston Cougar Aquatics Sports is:

“To develop our swimmers to be technically, physically and mentally prepared to achieve all of their goals in and out of the pool.”


Training is offered at two locations, COOG Central (Merfish Outdoor 25m Pool) and COOG South (Williams Indoor Pool). Each location offers training groups for all swimmers ranging from 5 years old to 18 based on skill level and age. Our Central location also has a masters group for swimmers over 18. 

Our coaches are committed, open, friendly, and have had very prosperous swimming careers with an abundance of swimming knowledge. We believe in coaching to help you achieve your swimming and fitness goals, whether it is to become faster, to improve upon stroke technique, or to get into shape. If you'd like to try out with COOGS we offer a free week trial to all age group swimmers, just email Coach Jayson ([email protected]) to get started. 

Team Handbook

Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Policy

Anti Bullying Policy


Code of Conduct

Permission Form (Adult Athlete Lodging)

Permission Form (Minor to travel w/ Adult)