Rowing is an amateur sport that lingers around even since most other sports have disappeared. The rowing team at Orange Coast College shares their rowing with those driving into work each morning when passing by the Newport Harbor. The assistant coach, Steve Morris spent many years as the head coach of the team in the 90’s. When his wife and children required him to be home more, Steve left only to return to the assistant coaching position.
Each morning, Steve climbs into his car to head into the rowing center for a 6:30 am practice. It was only after making the compromise with his family that he was able to return to the sport that he has loved for many years. The sport for him is in his blood and bones.
There is something calming and relaxing to others who watch the rowing team in perfect unison with one another. When the calm waters are filled with boats gliding through the water with all individuals doing the same thing at the same moment is what others like about watching the team. If just one person is off by a slight hair, everyone on the team suffers. They have to be completely even with one another if the team is to win.
Once a student himself at OCC, Steve understands what it takes to be on the team. He knows what someone has to do in order to man the oars. It takes plenty of practice and mentality to be able to be on the team. Learn more: http://www.coastline.edu/myccc/
A few years ago while on vacation with his family, Steve stumbled across a live feed that the OCC team was in for a race. Steve learned from his mentor, Dave Grant about what it takes to lead the team. The then coach in the 1980’s has helped to shape how Steve coaches the team and what they have to do to be successful.
The David A. Grant rowing center at Newport Harbor is as close to stepping back in time as you can get. The history that hangs from the walls in the center is what showcases the talent of previous teams at OCC. They have brought home 11 National Titles and a number of students who have gone on to enter other races and even the Olympics.