Orange Coast College Rowers Go After The 2017 National Title

This year the 2017 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta was held in Gainesville, Georgia. The two-day event began on May 27th and consisted of teams of men and women from over 30 different college entries competing in various boat heats, races and time trials. Among the best of these competitors was the eight-man boat racing crew from Orange Coast College(O.C.C.).

Orange Coast College has one of the biggest and most recognized public nautical programs in the nation. The beautiful 164-acre campus was founded in 1974 and is located just minutes from the beach in Costa Mesa. They enroll 25,000 students each semester and offers over 135 academic and career programs.

The student profile at O.C.C. is impressive with over 60 student clubs and organizations. Get in contact with one of these clubs because they sponsor all of the social events, special activities, speakers, and fundraising and community service events on campus.

A bright yellow 60-foot carbon fiber arrowhead parted the Newport Bay at 25 miles an hour in the early morning of May. The nine entities aboard move in unison and function as one, nothing else is acceptable. The O.C.C. men’s crew assistant coach Steve Morris said,“If they’re off even by a hair, it disrupts the rhythm.” As Morris looked on as one of the crew members triumphantly yelled,”2017 National, Yeah!“ Learn more about Orange Coast College: and

The pure amateur sport of Rowing is an elegant one that is nothing short of poetry in motion. It’s much more than a race. The race embodies the spirit of fighting to the utmost for that is the spirit necessary to move humanity forward to greater levels of existence.

Every morning practice starts at 6:30 am, and every morning Steve Morris is out the door an hour earlier. This is his daily ritual 6 days a week from August to May, but his day job is his devoted family. Read more: Orange Coast Colleg | Facebook

In the 1990s he held the position of head coach and returned to the improve the rowing team. Since its birth, O.C.C. has captured 11 national titles and are ready for next year.