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: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/