Orange Coast College (OCC) participated in this year’s American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship. On the May 27, 2017, competitions held in Gainesville, GA, OCC made it among the top ten teams. Rowing is a serious sport in OCC with a rich history. For over 60 years, rowing has put OCC on the map. The community college prides itself on its 11 national titles including a title won last year. Learn more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/24/orange-coast-college-rowers-have-the-muscle-and-mindset-to-win-nationals/
The success of OCC’s men’s rowing team arises from a combination of several factors. First, the college has invested generously in the sport. The college’s boathouse, David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center, houses everything needed for the sport. Some of the boats housed in the facility cost over $55,000. Also, the college has recruited some of the most talented coaches to oversee the development of the rowing team. Cameron Brown is the team’s coach; he was poached from Oklahoma City University. He is assisted by Steve Morris, a former student, who is so passionate about the sport that he never misses a single session of practice. When he was a student in OCC, Morris was an important member of the men’s rowing team. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html
For students such as Daniel Amado, who was the captain of the team in the run-up to the competition, rowing is more than a sport. Through rowing, many students have had a chance to join universities such as UC Berkeley, University of Washington, and Stanford among others. Just last year, a member of the rowing team was awarded a scholarship to study at Boston University. John Kinnear, a member of the rowing team, states that rowing captivates the mind, the body, and builds the spirit of teamwork. Meanwhile, former members of OCC’s rowing team such as Craig Amerkhanian and Steve Morris are still passionate about the sport. Amerkhanian is in charge of Stanford University’s men rowing team.
OCC is among the most populous community colleges in Orange County. However, the college has strived to provide the best learning environment for all its students through modern facilities that are at the cutting edge of technological innovation. Recently, the college launched a modern recycling center.