Orange Coast College has 24 competitive athletic teams in the Orange Empire Conference in Southern California. According to coaches these athletes are moving forward and continuing their academic and athletic careers at four-year universities.
Camryn Kaina and Rylee Adair will transfer to Westcliff University in Irvine for both indoor and beach volleyball and both will major in business.
Hawaii native Adair set many records in her two years at OCC. She set the single-game digs record with 45 against Ventura this season. She demolished the all-time digs record with 1,064 over her career. She also set the third and fourth most digs in a single season.
As a freshman, Adair earned second-team, All OEC honors. A year later, she topped herself with first team, All-OEC.
Kaina surged the Pirate offense over the course of the season with a team-best 746 assists and had 57 kills, 221 digs and added 20 aces. She earned second-team, All-OEC honors after her performance this season.
Powerhouse Aiden Wolf-Neilsen will finish his volleyball career down the road in his hometown at UC Irvine. Wolf-Neilsen started 19 matches this season and had 93 kills and added 66 blocks.
Kyle McCauley will take his talents down south to UC San Diego. McCauley powered 193 kills with 42 service aces.
Pirates Clark Steele and Braden Neumann will remain teammates at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.
Outside hitter Steele had 107 kills with 59 blocks on the season. Libero Neumann added 37 assists and 122 digs.
All four men had key roles of getting OCC men’s volleyball far into the playoffs. OCC ultimately lost in the Final Four bout against OEC rival Irvine Valley College.
Seven women’s rowers are transferring to four-year universities. Vivian Depaz and Sarah Khan will continue their rowing careers at St. Mary’s College and University of San Diego, respectively. Other rowers have not picked a specific school, but are looking to find a university and crew program to fit their needs.
As the only community college level crew program, OCC rowers are a step ahead of their fellow recruits. Coast competes against four-year universities throughout the season and get university level experience in a two-year program.
Coxswain Cambria Stirrat and oarsman Joe Battisti are continuing their crew careers at Oregon State University.
Oarsmen Cole Villa and Kai Wilding will stay in California and transfer to UC Irvine and UC Berkley respectively. Villa will major in psychology.
Canada is getting our own oarsman Spencer Lewis. He is attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the fall.
These men were a part of the crew who competed in the UCLA Classic, Collins Cup and the 54th Newport Regatta where they dominated their four-year competitors.
Political science and psychology major Andrea Anaya will take her talents to San Francisco State University to continue her cross country running career. Anaya finished in sixth place with a 19 minute, 39.3 seconds time in the 5K event during the OEC Cross Country Championships in October.
She also finished 29th overall in the 5K event in the Southern California Regional Championships.
Sarahi Terrones will run her way into CSU Fullerton in the fall. She had top times in events throughout her sophomore season. She consistently finished around the 20-minute mark in her 5K events.
Joining Terrones at Fullerton is Zachary Dignan. He was a part of the Pirate cross country squad who took fourth place at the OEC Cross Country Championships. Dignan will major in kinesiology.
Fifteen Pirate football players are moving on to the next level in their athletic careers. Of those, six players have already started their academic careers after transferring following the fall 2018 semester.
The quarterback duo of Nathan West and Pete Mitchell have chosen to play at Portland State University and California Lutheran University.
West, who transferred in December, went 36-58 passing in conference last season. He averaged 121 yards per game. The Washington state native has returned to the Pacific Northwest after his two seasons at OCC.
Mitchell averaged 81.8 yards under the lights throughout the fall. He only threw for four interceptions on the season in his 35-86 campaign.
Coast football is losing its key running back Ahmad Lewis, who will transfer to South Dakota School of the Mines in the fall after his one year at OCC. He earned second-team all-league honors. This season, he rushed for 576 yards in 106 attempts. He ran into the end zone five times, four times in conference play.
Many other Coast players are still being looked at by colleges, but have not signed.
No. 1 players on both tennis squads, Miri Inoue and Quoc Tran will transfer to four-year schools to compete. Although they have it narrowed down, they are still deciding where they will end up in the fall.
Inoue was a part of the women’s domination in Ojai, earning a Triple Crown as she won state championships in singles, doubles and OCC won the state title. She was a key part of the women’s perfect season to state champs.
Tran consistently battled hard and pulled through to victory throughout the season in his singles and doubles play.
After finishing the season with a conference title, many sophomore baseball players have their choice of four-year universities to transfer to. According to head coach John Altobelli, all sophomores will get some sort of scholarship.
Three baseball players have already signed to move onto the next level.
Infielder Clifford Pradd will move to Oklahoma to play baseball at Oklahoma Baptist University. He posted on overall .344 batting average on the season.
Catcher Todd Jackson will be moving onto Houston Baptist University to continue his baseball career. Jackson had a .500 on base percentage through conference play and did not commit a single error on the season.
Jackson played at the University of San Diego before bouncing back to OCC this season.
Right-handed pitcher Ben Davis will be transferring to Lewis University to return to his home-state of Illinois to pitch for the Flyers. He posted a 1.85 ERA in 63.2 innings pitched with 61 strikeouts this season.
Three softball players will transfer to four-year universities. Pitcher-catcher duo Madison Taylor and Jordyn East will stay in California to attend San Diego Christian University and CSU Monterey Bay, respectively.
Taylor threw out nine runs during her time behind the plate this season. She was also a consistent bat in the Pirate lineup hitting .330 on the season.
Her Canadian counterpart, East pitched 87.1 innings this season and struck out 71 batters she faced.
Right-handed pitcher Sarah Ramirez posted a 7-3 record on the season. She will attend the University of Austin in Texas next year.
Men's water polo
Italian water polo standout Gabriele Simonti will head to George Washington University to finish his water polo career. His two-year stint at OCC included 92 goals, 50 assists and 103 steals. Simonte was awarded this year’s OCC Student Athlete of the Year after his excellent performance in and out of the pool.
Texas-native Tyler Thurmond will return home to golf at Texas Tech University next year. Over his one season at OCC, he made a name for himself as he competed at the CCCAA Men’s Golf State Championship on Monday in Napa Valley.
He will face-off against his teammate, Myoung Kim.
Kim grew up in Korea where he was introduced to golf at an early age. After his year at OCC he will move north to CSU Chico to play golf and major in geography
—Athletes from women’s and men’s basketball, women and men’s soccer, women and men’s swim and women’s water polo also have opportunities but coaches didn’t return calls for information before the Coast Report’s deadline.