There is a good reason why the Orange Coast College men’s rowing team is known as the “Giant Killers.” The team has won the national championships eleven times and was fighting for its 12th title in May this year. Being a two-year college whose team is majorly comprised of novices in rowing, it is no wonder other teams acknowledge it as a giant killer. The team has proven itself time and again when pitted against teams with more rowing experience. The current head coach of the rowing team, Dave Grant, and the assistant men’s coach, Steve Morris are proud that their team has over the years proven how to tip the scales in your favor: focus and determination. They are both in consensus that rowing is the only sport in which complete novices (who have never rowed before in their lives) can take up the sport and go on to win at the highest competition levels (http://www.coastline.edu/myccc/). Some of their former team members have proceeded to compete at the world and Olympic championships.
Team members of this year’s team acknowledge the amount of work and commitment put into becoming the best in the sport. Early mornings, pushing the body to its limits, and perfecting the art of delicately balancing school and sporting activities is crucial. Above all, teamwork determines if a team will make it or not. Even as they look to proceed to four-year colleges once they graduate from the community college, they all acknowledge that rowing has inculcated a sense of discipline evident in all spheres of their lives.
About Orange Coast College
Founded in 1947, Orange Coast College (OCC) sits on a 164-acre campus in Southern California. With a student population of 25,000 joining the college each semester, the college prides itself on producing the highest number of students who proceed to California State University and the University of California. The college has excellent teaching facilities with more than 135 career programs. OCC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is also a member of the Coast Community College District.
Additionally, OCC prides itself in producing all-rounded students who not only excel in academics but also in sports. The college takes pride in its 68 years of championship tradition in sports such as rowing, basketball, football, softball, basketball, tennis, track, swimming, among others. It has won the Orange Empire Conference Sports Supremacy Award 26 times in the past three decades.