The Rowing Team of Orange Coast College

Rowing is one of the few amateur sports left. And this sport still reigns supreme at California’s Orange Coast College. The college is justly extremely proud of its rowing team. This particular rowing team is legendary.

They have been winning awards and accolades for many years. Earlier this month they competed in the Nationals at Lake Lanier, Georgia. The novice crew is captained by 22-year-old Daniel Amado. But he has even bigger ambitions. After leaving Orange Coast College in a few years, he will be joining the rowing team at the University of Washington which is an even more legendary rowing team. In fact, they are seen as one of the best ever.

The team has a history of great coaches, as well. Their current coach may be the best. Steve Morris is the men’s assistant coach at the college. His day starts very early: 5:30 a.m. At that time he drives to Newport Harbor. At 6:30 a.m. practice starts.

He has followed this schedule six days a week from August to May almost entirely interrupted since the early 1990s. Prior to his coaching years he served as the OCC team’s coxswain. Coxswains are the team members who sit in the rear of the boat yelling directions to the rowers. During those years in the 1980s, he learned everything he needed to know about coaching from Dave Grant, who served as both head coach and the president of OCC.

Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 in Southern California. It sits on a 164-acre campus just a few minutes from the beach. Today it enrolls an average of 25,000 students per semester. It offers over 135 academic and career programs. About half of its students every year enroll in one of its Career and Technical Education programs.

It is number one in the county among colleges that transfer its students to the University of California and the California State University. Thousands of its students have successfully transferred to these universities and other universities across the nation. Orange College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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