With several decades of winning tradition, Orange Coast College has been regarded as having one of the top athletic departments among all two-year colleges in the state. This standard has produced one of the highest totals of team and individual state and national championships throughout all California community colleges.
The Pirates field 12 men’s athletic teams and 13 women’s teams. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis track and field, volleyball and water polo. Women’s sports include basketball, crew, cross country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Cheerleading is a co-ed sport.
Orange Coast College participates as a member of the Orange Empire Conference for most of its sports sponsored by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The Orange Empire Conference includes the following colleges: Orange Coast, Cypress, Santa Ana, Riverside, Saddleback, Fullerton, Golden West, Irvine Valley and Santiago Canyon.
For football, OCC is a member of the Southern California Football Association, National Southern Division, which includes the following colleges: Orange Coast, Palomar, Santa Ana, Saddleback, Long Beach, Fullerton and Grossmont.
The men’s and women’s crew compete in individual sports associations.
Orange Coast College is the only community college in California to offer competitive rowing. OCC Crew is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association and the American Collegiate Rowing Association. Other colleges competing in these associations include: CSU Long Beach, Loyola Marymount, CSU Sacramento, St. Mary’s College, CSU San Diego, Santa Clara University, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Oregon State University, UCLA, USC and Washington State University.