In 1957, a small community college in Southern California began a rowing program that would take on the established rowing programs of traditional four year colleges that had centuries long traditions of achieving success in rowing contests.
Orange Coast College may not have begun with a tradition of rowing success, but over the course of 60 years the college has achieved an amazing 10 national championship victories that mark the program out as one of the most successful in the history of modern collegiate rowing.
One of the reasons for success that has been mentioned by those involved with the team for the success that has been achieved in developing the program is the inclusion of many of the former participants in the rowing team as coaches to the current squad.
Former members of the squad who now have coaching roles include Steve Morris, once the head coach of the program and current assistant coach who still rises early each morning to be at the practice facility of Orange Coast College rowing program by 5.30 to prepare for the 6.30 a.m. practice; other stories include Daniel Amado who broke a disc in his back and has returned to strength to become captain of the novice team at the community college. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/collegeDetails.aspx?collegeID=833&txt=Orange%20Coast%20College
Orange Coast College has been at the heart of the educational options open to the people of Southern California with more than 25,000 students signing up for classes each semester; the Orange Coast College is fully accredited to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers students such as novice rowing team captain Daniel Amado the chance to transfer to a four year private or public college of their choice.
The college is located in Costa Mesa, California and is the third largest college in the well known Orange County region, and was built on the area of land that was once the Santa Ana Army Air Base.
Over the course of the life of the college a number of famous rowers have passed through the doors of the academic institution, including the famous rower and rowing coach Craig Amerkhanian, who is one of 10 rowers who have moved on to Olympic Games and World Champiomships.