John R. Bender: UH’s First Coach

A striped Bender watching his 1906 Washington State College team / The Evergreen Newspaper   John R. Bender lived a remarkable life that made an impact on players, fans, servicemen, and countless others from coast to coast. But while he is known as a player and coach, his lasting accomplishments are the things he did off the field.   One of those things is giving the nickname “Cougars” to the University of Houston.   Bender as a schoolboy in the 1890s Bender grew up in the rural midwest in the late 1800s and was a star halfback for the University … Continue reading John R. Bender: UH’s First Coach