The Rowing Legacy of Orange Coast College

The Orange College rowing team is one of the best in the nation. They have been for years. This past May the nine-man team participated in the Nationals competition at Lake Lanier, Georgia.

They are captained by 22-year-old Daniel Armado who has only just returned to the sport after injuring a disk in his back in high school and therefore being obligated to not participate. Armado plans to captain the team for the next few years before transfering to the University of Washington were he will join the even more internationally respected team there.

The team’s practice is presided over by the men’s assistant coach, Steve Morris. He has been in this position since the early 90s. And since that time his mornings throughout every season begins at 5:30 a.m. At the time he drives to Newport Harbor where the practice starts at 6:30 a.m. on the dot. His tenure hasn’t been interupted.

There were a number of years after the 90s that he had to quit to attend to family affairs. But he was eventually able to return to full time dedication to the sport.

Morris has been committed to rowing ever since his college days on the Orange Coast College team. During those years he served as its coxswain, who sit at the rear of boats and yell directions to the team members manning the oars.

During those years in the 1980s, he learned important lessons about being a coach from head coach, Dave Grant, who was also president of OCC at that time. He was so influential that the dedicated rowing center at Newport Harbor is named after him. This institution is known as the David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.occsailing.com/ and http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/collegeDetails.aspx?collegeID=833&txt=Orange%20Coast%20College

Orange Coast College had been around since 1947. Today this community college is the third largest college in Orange County. You will find it in Costa Mesa, California a few miles south of Los Angeles.

The physical renovations has been updated every few years since its founding. This will continue to be the case. The staff, faculty, and administration are all very optimistic about its future.