Orange Coast College Rowing Team

Few objective viewers can understand the stamina, power, and grace that it takes to be on a rowing team. Each and every stroke requires exact precision or everything can be set off balance.


From the group of rowers that are students at the Orange Coast College, one of them shouts out a motivating and adrenaline-fueled, “2017 Nationals, yeah!” Learn more:


As a Los Alamitos High School graduate and former rower, Daniel Amado, a 22 year old captain of the novice team, says that, “Rowing makes you strong enough to bounce back. It teaches you physical and mental skills that allow you to overcome anything”. Amado had once broken a disc in his back and only recently was able to return to rowing.


The men’s assistant coach of the Orange Coast College’s rowing team, Steve Morris, is out the door at 5:30 a.m. to begin the drive to practice, which begins at 6:30, but he likes to get there early. For years, Morris had stepped away from the rowing scene to devote time to family, but now after a compromise he can return to the sport he loves.


Morris says on the beauty and art of rowing that, “It’s the aesthetic. On a nice, calm morning the boats glide along, each person doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. If they’re off even by a hair, it disrupts the rhythm”. Learn more:


Morris had been the coxswain on his rowing team back when he was a student at Orange Coast College, or OCC.


During the course of this weekend, OCC will compete against almost 40 schools, and in the main event, the boats will have to cover 2,000 meters in about six minutes. It is not unheard of for some of the rowers to collapse afterwards, having given it their all.


In 1947, Orange Coast College, or OCC, was founded as a community college; their aptly applied motto is, “We’ll help you get there”. It is located in Orange County, California. OCC has many opportunities for sports, and holds the title of alma mater to many professional athletes.