"Humor has been an important part of my life," Grant said. "I admit to
reading all of o7 The New Yorkerf7 cartoons, before I read the
articles. Humor diffuses a lot of problems."
When he served as OCC's president 1989 to 1997, Grant broke the ice
and mended bridges with some comic relief.
"I used funny stories all the time," Grant said of his days as the
school's president. "Sometimes things are full of tension. When you cut a
million dollars out of the budget every year for three or four years,
it's tough. And you got to find some way to keep some balance."
These days, humor is still a friend whether he's coaching the Pirates
or maintaining his other interests.
Grant remains heavily involved with the Orange Coast College
Foundation. He was the chairman of the fundraising group that raised $1.2
million for the recent addition to the college's School of Sailing and
Grant also serves on the board of trustees for the Newport Harbor
Nautical Museum, and was the president for two years.
At age 63, Grant shows no signs of slowing down. Last week, he and his
rowing team celebrated its season with a banquet for a finale.
The number of men rowing for Coast doubled from last year. Earlier
this month, OCC crew placed all of its teams in the finals for the first
time at the Avaya Collegiate Championship Regatta in Atlanta, the site of
the 1996 Olympic Games.
The Pirates also competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in
Boston, in the fall.
"About 300,000 people come out on the banks of the Charles River,"
Grant said of event in Boston. "It's such a tremendous event for
Coast, the only community college with crew, provides a unique
experience, which Grant takes great pride therein.
"(OCC crew) is a kind of fraternity and sorority," Grant said. "It
gives people a home or a place to meet, where they know everyone and see
each other everyday. This feeling of home happens for nine months of the
year. It's very special."
Grant remains stumped as to how long he will continue coaching, but as
long as he has fun, he will press on, he said. Regardless, coaching is
just a piece of the makeup of Dave Grant.
"I have a few other things in the fire besides rowing," he said.