Orange Coast College (OCC) men’s crew, is christened the “Giant Killer.” The men’s team currently coached by Cameron Brown and his assistant, Steve Morris, has been giving the 4-year universities a run their money. The community college’s men’s crew has been in existence almost as much as the 70-year-old college. With many years of existence comes experience. Over the years, the OCC men’s rowing team has made the Orange County community college proud with over 11 national titles. And the community college has vowed to support the team with the necessary training equipment. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/orange-coast-college#/entity
In May 2017, the men’s crew training sessions were in high gear as the team prepared for the American Collegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Under the guidance of the knowledgeable Ass. Coach Morris (who is an alumnus of the institution and a former member of the men’s crew), the team trained on Newport Bay in Newport Beach for almost every day of the week starting as early as 6:30 AM. Training sessions are exemplified by physical labor that leaves students panting, sweating, and with hurting muscles. Some students who sign up for the water sport at the beginning of the school year give into the rigorous demands of the sport. Learn more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/24/orange-coast-college-rowers-have-the-muscle-and-mindset-to-win-nationals/
The 2017’s American Collegiate Rowing Association Regatta occurred on May 26 and May 27. The competitions involved boats covering 2,000 meters in six or fewer minutes (the shorter the time taken, the better). In the matches that occurred in Gainesville, GA, Orange Coast emerged position nine in “Time Trials” having utilized 5:50.40 to cover the required distance. The performance by the community college was astounding given the fact that they were up against elite teams from across the U.S. As the team prepares for the same competition next year, the students and the trainers stay focused to perform even better.
Many OCC’s students have benefited from the water sport. Just last year, a student was awarded a rowing scholarship to Boston University. The trend has been common with students joining UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Stanford, etc. as a result of the sport. OCC will continue investing in modern facilities such as boats to make the sport even better.