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. In 2010, DCC was awarded the Pepsi/ NATYCAA Cup, an honor given to the top community college athletic program in California. 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.