Orange Coast College Rowing Team Takes Home Many National Titles

November 8, 2017 | By tallbirdy | 0 Comments

If you are up at the crack of dawn and are near Newport Harbor, take a minute to enjoy the sun basking across the water and the rowing team working in perfect unison with one another while getting ready to head to Nationals.


Each morning at 6:30 am, the team starts to practice their rowing techniques. It takes plenty of practice to compete against others in the Nationals. You have to be perfectly in tune with one another if you expect to take home a title. If one person is slightly off, the whole team will be off. That is why it is so important that they practice day after day to make it to the nationals.


In the David A. Grant rowing center, Steve Morris enters the building every morning early. He arrives early to ensure everything is ready for the team and to go over the lessons that he must help teach. He was once the head coach during the 90’s but when his family needed him home more, Steve left his position and went home to help his family.


While vacationing, Steve found a live feed of the team during a race, after watching, Steve made a deal with his family that would allow for him to return to coaching however he would be assigned the assistant coach.


Rowing has been around for more than 60 years and in this time frame, there has been a number of students who went on to compete in other races along with some who made their way to the Olympics. From there, the walls are lined with the titles won in previous races. Learn more:


Steve learned everything that he needed to know about rowing from his head coach and mentor, Dave Grant. He spent a number of years under his direction while on the team and he has been able to pass down that same knowledge to the guys that he is mentoring now. Learn more:


At an elite level, rowing is a very serious sport. What most members of the team do not realize prior to joining the team at community college, how athletic you have to be in order to be in rowing. Many of them do not do the sport in high school and therefore they must learn quickly if they want to be on the team.



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