UH Traditions
Crank It Up Coogs!


This University of Houston program is partnering with Houston area businesses flag by flag. Our Keep Houston Red initiative encourages businesses with flagpoles throughout the greater Houston area to fly a UH flag year-round to show support for Houston’s University.


  • Encourage high school students to attend the University of Houston
  • Persuade alumni and the greater Houston community to show visible support for the University of Houston
  • Provide a positive community image for businesses that participate


UH is a Tier One institution, as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and has been named one of the nation’s “best colleges for undergraduate education” by the Princeton Review. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast area by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. UH serves nearly 40,000 students in the nation’s fourth-largest city, located in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions of the country.



For more than 80 years, UH has shared a deep rapport with the city of Houston by being the symbol of excellence in higher education and fueling the local economy. To learn more about the program and how you can become a partner, please contact Scotty Lopez at 713-743-7932 or at dslopez2@central.uh.edu



Don Chaney launched Crank It Up Coogs in March of 2010 with his wife, Lisa, and fellow alumnus, Charles Clemmer, after being inspired by other prominent universities’ connection to their business communities. Why not, he thought, share Cougar pride and passion with all of Houston and beyond?

As an avid UH football fan, Don doesn’t just love the Coogs, he loves the University of Houston. He noticed bare flagpoles at various business sites as he drove around the greater Houston area, and a great idea was in play. Here was the opportunity for the UH flag to fly with pride. To date, 34 Houston area businesses (and growing) have joined Crank It Up Coogs.

“I wanted to provide an opportunity for our businesses to show their support and pride for the University of Houston,” Don says. “This also includes business owners who are not alumni. They understand the value UH brings to the city and the local economy.”

Don’s passion for UH has a long history, including the EMBA he earned from the C.T. Bauer College of Business in 1989. His long career in engineering and construction serving the energy industry took him around the world, however, here at home he and his wife never miss a Cougar football game. They and Charles Clemmer are looking forward to the special game day when all Houston area businesses with a flagpole will Crank It Up Coogs.

A&E – The Graphics Complex
4235 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77027-6840

A-American Self Storage
525 E Nasa Road 1
Webster, TX 77598-5316

Air Liquide USA LLC
2700 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 1800
Houston, TX 77056-5797

Apollo Paint & Body
6890 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074

Champion Seating Company
111 Brand Lane
Suite 100
Stafford, TX 77477-4801

CiCi’s Pizza
10601 South Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77035

Discount Car Clinic
4225 Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Downtown Body Shop
3611 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77003-5542

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
6161 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77087

Holiday Inn Express Houston – Hobby Airport
8730 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77017

Houston Community College Northwest – Katy Campus
1550 Foxlake Drive
Houston, TX 77084

J&S Worldwide Granite & Marble
8355 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77037

Kelley’s Country Cookin’
8015 Park Place
Houston, TX 77087

La Quinta Inn Houston Medical / Reliant Center
9911 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77054

Landers Financial Strategy, Inc.
2318 Center Street
Suite 100
Deer Park, TX 77536

Lunch at Sam’s
10151 Alfred Lane
Houston, TX 77041

Mario Car Co.
401 Spencer Highway
South Houston, TX 77587

5704 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77057

PBI Gas Depot
1201 Texas 146
Seabrook, TX 77586

4840 Railroad Street
Deer Park, TX 77536

Pulido Trucking
3703 Mesa Drive
Houston, TX 77013

Rhodes and Dunlap Automotive
805 Spencer Highway
South Houston, TX 77587

10010 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034

Shamrock Machinery Company
3200 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77009

Southwest Alignment
8648 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77063

Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant
4701 North Main Street
Houston, TX 77009-4410

Stratford High School
14555 Fern Drive
Houston, TX 77079

T-Bone Tom’s
707 Texas 146
Kemah, TX 77565

The Richmond Arms Pub
5920 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057

The Seabrook Market (Shell Station)
5745 Bayport Boulevard
Seabrook, TX 77586

Townsend Machine
3535 Berry Road
Houston, TX 77093-7790

Truck Nation
10015 North Loop East
Houston, TX 77029

Uncle Bob’s Self Storage
3400 Bayport Boulevard #146
Seabrook, TX 77586

4102 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77027


Businesses that join Crank It Up Coogs’ Keep Houston Red initiative will enjoy these benefits:

  • Appreciation by more than 1 million people in the city of Houston who are affiliated with the University of Houston. Your flag shows you share the commitment.
  • Free UH flag shipped to you to fly at your business location.
  • All Crank it up Coogs members will be recognized on a list of participating members on our website.


The University of Houston Alumni Association will purchase and ship your UH flag at no cost to you. Several flag sizes are available, depending on the height of your flagpole. To help determine your flag size, send a picture to Scotty Lopez at dslopez2@central.uh.edu with a person standing next to your flag pole who is between 5 – 7 feet tall. Be sure your picture includes the entire height of the flag pole. This will help the flag vendor to accurately size your flag. A confirmation email will be sent to you after we successfully determine the size of your flag.

Flagpole   Flag
20′   4′ x 6′
25′   5′ x 8′
20′ – 35′   3′ x 5′, 4′ x 6′, 6′ x 10′
40′ – 45′   6′ x 10′, 8′ x 12′
50′   8′ x 12′ – 10′ x 15′
60′ – 65′   10′ x 15′ – 10′ x 19′
70′ – 80′   10′ x 19′ – 12′ x 18′
90′ – 100′   20′ x 38′ – 30′ x 50′

Contact Scotty Lopez at 713.743.7932 or dslopez2@central.uh.edu to become an official volunteer! A UH representative will provide you with the tools and knowledge to recruit Houston businesses. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

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The University of Houston Alumni Association will purchase and ship the UH flag at no cost to each Houston business. Several flag sizes are available, depending on the height of their flagpole. To help determine their flag size, the volunteer needs to send a picture to Scotty Lopez  at dslopez2@central.uh.edu with a person standing next to the flag pole who is between 5 – 7 feet tall. Be sure the picture includes the entire height of the flag pole. This will help the flag vendor to accurately size your flag. See the size dimension breakdown under the “how it works” FAQ area. A confirmation email will be sent to you after we successfully determine the size of your flag.

We need to have a primary contact and information from each business that is willing to carry a UH flag. This includes the contact’s first and last name, email and phone number, as well as the official business name and street address. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to get this information from the business and send it to Scotty Lopez at dslopez2@central.uh.edu.