With an overwhelming history of success, Orange Coast College has been regarded as having one of the top athletic departments among all two-year colleges in the state. The department has produced one of the highest totals of team and individual state and national championships throughout all California community colleges.
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.
Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, crew, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball and water polo.
Women’s sports include basketball, beach volleyball, crew, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball and water polo.
Co-ed sports include cheer & dance, cross country, and track & field.
For football, OCC is a member of the Southern California Football Association comprised of Southern California Community Colleges.
The men’s and women’s rowing teams compete in individual sports associations. Orange Coast College is the only community college in California to offer competitive rowing. OCC's rowing teams are members 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.