Orange Coast College can be seen as the premier junior college in the Orange County region. It is located in Costa Mesa, and is the third largest in Orange County, California. Since 1947; it has been an exquisite institution, with 25,000 students a semester. The majority of the students are enrolled in the college’s Technical programs, but having a majority of commuters; the college has less a social life than a four year university.
The college is a two year, community college, but it is competitive in rowing; placing higher than a majority of four year colleges. In 2017, the OCC rowing team went for their 12th national title. For this team, it is nothing new. They are seen as a “giant killer” and this stands grounds to them. At 5:30 am, assistant coach Steve Morris jumps into his car and leaves from Rancho Santa Margarita to Newport Harbor.
This is a routine action, as the team will commute from August until May; training to meet their goals of excellence including time, detail, and commitment. Morris understands the commitment of this demanding sport: he has even made a compromise with his family that has brought him back into a sport that can take tolls on one’s familiar life.
OCC is a community college, but it has an elite mantra. Morris is just one of many that recognizes this. The current head coach; Cameron Brown, appreciates this scenario as he was recruited from Oklahoma City University, a four year institution.
In the Orange County Register, he was quoted saying “you’ve got eight moving parts and everyone has to work together. It’s not just the physical development, but the mental maturation as well.” Many players at OCC have struggled before coming to this program, but have found their place. The work ethic and teamwork continue to prepare them for something bigger. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/collegeDetails.aspx?collegeID=833&txt=Orange%20Coast%20College
Practicing over 20 hours weekly, OCC will compete this week against universities with double the training. However, there is a reason why this team can compete with the best; recent OCC rowers have gone on to competing for UC Berkeley, University of Washington, and Stanford.
Many of these athletes attribute their success to the training at OCC. Athletes such as 19 year old John Kinnear know this and they have learned to utilize intense training in a yacht busy harbor. Teamwork has taught them that anything is possible.