USMS Award Recipient

U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award

Recipient: Greg Orphanides
Year: 2013
LMSC: Gulf

Since the launching of the Houston Cougar Masters in Houston in 2009, increased workout opportunities have led to increased numbers. Now with 11 practices a week, the club has become the second-largest tclub in the Gulf LMSC. With the loss of their home pool in 2011, Greg Orphanides' spirit and dedication to his athletes spearheaded an intense effort to find a temporary pool while a new permanent home could be secured. On deck for all of the team's practices, Greg encourages and teaches with a contagious enthusiasm that has members stretching their comfort zones with new challenges at highly competitive levels.