In the fall of 2000, Norcal's original head coach, Mike Still, founded Silicon Valley Crew, a rowing program for high school students on the Peninsula. The program had one hand-me-down shell and only a handful of girls and rowed out of the Marine Science Institute. Due to the small size of the program, Mike often rowed in the boat with the girls so they wouldn't go in circles. At the team's first race, only six girls showed up, so Mike even raced with the team (and they won!). In their second year, the program graduated to rowing out of a portable classroom in the parking lot and nearly doubled in size. Fun fact: that's today's director, Allison, on the left of the above picture of Silicon Valley Crew's varsity four - the first crew to win a medal for the team at championships.
One year later, Ally Bocchieri, a member at Bair Island Aquatic center, located just down the road from Silicon Valley Crew, started a junior level rowing program to compliment BIAC's masters' rowing team. Because they were located so close to one another geographically, the two junior crews competed for athletes and water space, diminishing the competitive potential of each program.
In the fall of 2004, the crews decided to combine their resources and athletes, merging into one team rowing out of the Bair Island Aquatic Center. The athletes chose to name the new program Norcal Crew and picked new colors of black and gold. The program has grown steadily over the past decade and now has over 100 members across the men's and women's teams.