John Altobelli Biography
John Edward Altobelli was an American college baseball coach who worked for 27 seasons at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He died on January 26, 2020 in the helicopter crash that also killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. He died alongside his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.
John Altobelli Age
John was 56 years old at the time of his death; he was born on May 8, 1983 in Calabasas, California.
John Altobelli Education
John attended Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California. He later joined Golden West College where he played college basketball as an outfielder. He transferred to the University of Houston graduating with a degree in Physical Education and later earned a master’s degree from Asuza Pacific University.
John Altobelli Wife
John was married to married to Keri Altobelli who also died in the plane crash. Her brother, Tony, confirmed that she was among the victims of the crash.
John Altobelli’s brother, Tony, just confirmed that John’s wife, Keri, was among the victims of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. John’s daughter, Alyssa, who played on the club team with Kobe’s daughter, was also killed. John was entering his 38th year as OCC coach.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) January 27, 2020
John Altobelli Children
John together with his wife had three children together; two daughters Alexis Altobelli and Alyssa Altobelli and one son, J. J. Altobelli who played baseball for the University of Oregon, and the moved on to be a graduate assistant there.
Alyssa Altobelli was a teammate alongside Gianna at the Thousand Oaks based sporting academy, where she was coached by Kobe. She died alongside her father, mother, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
John Altobelli Orange Coast
John was the coach for Orange Coast College since July 1992. He led the team to state championships in 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2019. He won his 700th career game in 2019. He was the longest serving coach for Orange Coast College having spent about 28 years with the team. In the 27 seasons he served as the head coach he had a cumulative 705–478–4 record.
He also served as head coach for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League for three summer seasons between 2012 and 2014. In 2019 he was named national coach of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
John Altobelli Death
John died on January 26, 2020 in a plane crash that also killed his wife and daughter and professional basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. His family and the Bryant’s regularly traveled together to practices and games according to OCC Assistant Coach Ron La Ruffa.
John’s death was confirmed by Orange Coast College in a statement which read; “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.”
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.
— Orange Coast College (@orangecoast) January 26, 2020
Athletic Director Jason Kehler said in a statement; “John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball. He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach. The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none — he treated them like family. Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli family during this time of tragedy.”
John Altobelli Tributes
Tough to hear the news of coach Altobelli. One of my favorite coaches I have ever played for and one of the main reasons I got a chance to play professional baseball. Both the baseball and basketball world lost a great one today https://t.co/efAyf3s7Hj
— Jeff McNeil (@JeffMcNeil805) January 26, 2020
Jeff McNeil had struggled in college. His coaches called John Altobelli, a Cal juco legend, and asked him to bring McNeil to the Cape anyway.
“He took a chance on me, kept me the whole summer,” McNeil said. “Him taking that chance on me, having me on his team, got me drafted.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 26, 2020
R.I.P. to John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. They were among the nine people killed in the helicopter crash that also killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. A lot of aching hearts today. #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/qUwQnqCLxI
— lifeandtimesofbianca.com (@bbrosembert) January 27, 2020