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Orange Coast College Rowers Continue Tradition Of Excellence

Orange Coast College, located just minutes from the beaches of southern

California, has grown into one of the nation’s largest community colleges.

Classes at OCC began in 1948 and the now 164 acre campus now offers

more than 135 academic and career programs.


The accomplishments of the OCC rowing team are on par with the excellence

shown by the school in other areas. This year the team seeks to add it’s

twelth national title to their trophy case. Their latest national title was

captured a year ago.


Orange Coast community College has sent 10 rowers world championships and the

Olympics and has enjoyed elite status for decades in the sport of rowing. This

despite the fact that many OCC rowers never competed in the sport before

arriving at the school. The pride and comraderie present amongst both OCC rowing

team alumni and current competitors beams clearly from their faces when discussing

the program. Their are many examples of this.


Craig Amerkhanian, Stanford University’s Men’s head coach states emphatically that

to “OCC was the springboard I needed to get to the next level, academically,

athletically and professionally.”


Current OCC head coach Cameron Brown was recruited from four-year Oklahoma City

University. His and OCC’s philosophy is that rowing entails “eight moving parts must

work together. It’s not just physical development, but the mental maturation as



In addition to excelling on the world stage, OCC rowers have went on to attend UC

Berkley, University Of Washington, Stanford University, and one OCC student even

received a scholarship to attend Boston University. Learn more: