The Legendary Orange Coast College’s Rowing Team

Orange Coast College (OCC), a community college in the Orange County, is known for many things but its sporting culture is legendary. The 70-year-old college has been participating in competitive rowing for over 60 years. The college’s rowing team accommodates students with whatever skill level in the sport, but in the end, many of them develop into professional rowers. Thanks to Cameron Brown and Steve Morris, the men’s coach and assistant coach respectively, who dedicate their time and expertise to making the team one of the best in the region and nationally. Learn more:

OCC’s men rowing team is dubbed the “Giant Killer.” The name originated from the team’s ability to match up to university level teams. In fact, over the years, OCC’s rowing team has brought home 11 national titles including the one the college got last year. The college has invested a lot of resources in the sport. A walk into David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center, OCC’s boathouse, reveals state of the art rowing equipment including boats that cost as high as $55,000.

The Orange Coast College is proud of its alumni who were part of the rowing team. The current coach of the Stanford University men’s team, Craig Amerkhanian, is a former student of OCC who credits the OCC’s rowing team for giving him a head start on his current career. Coach Morris is also a former student of OCC’s rowing team; he was one of the coxswains in OCC’s team.

The current team which participated in the 2017’s American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship is living up to the college’s history in the sport. David Amado, 22, is the captain of the team. Before the competition, the team started practice as early as 6:30 in the morning. Although many good things are said about the sport, many team members say that it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. In fact, of the over 80 students that sign up for the sport, only less than half develop the resilience that rowing demands. However, many OCC’s students have got a break through the sport. For example, in 2016, a student received a rowing scholarship to Boston University. Learn more:


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