February 1, 2020

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California university baseball trainer, child, other half among 9 killed in helicopter crash

CALABASAS, Calif.– The long time head baseball instructor at Orange Coastline College in Costa Mesa was among those killed in the Calabasas helicopter collision that additionally declared Kobe Bryant’s life Sunday, Jan. 26, college authorities informed KTLA.

John Altobelli, 56, was aboard the aircraft with his daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, and also other half, Keri Altobelli, the trainer’s bro Tony Altobelli informed CNN.

Bryant’s 13-year-old little girl Gianna Bryant was also amongst the 9 who died.

Gianna as well as Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy and also were flying from Orange County to Thousand Oaks to attend a game, OCC aide coach Ron La Ruffa informed CNN.

“It was something John regularly did, flying up with Kobe to attend video games with his little girl,” La Ruffa claimed.

John Altobelli functioned at OCC for 27 years, the university stated.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we reveal the passing away of Orange Shore University head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a coworker, a mentor and a buddy at OCC for 27 years.

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— Orange Shore University (@orangecoast) January 26, 2020

“John indicated a lot to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” Athletic Supervisor Jason Kehler stated in a statement. “He absolutely manifested what it implies to be a baseball instructor. The passion that he took into the game, however extra importantly his athletes, was second to none– he treated them like family. Our deepest acknowledgements head out to the Altobelli family throughout this time around of disaster.”

College authorities said the longtime coach– referred to as “Coach Alto”– had greater than 700 wins during his career, consisting of 4 state championships. In 2014, he was called as a Train of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Altobelli also took his work as a coach seriously and was often a crucial consider student-athletes earning scholarships, OCC claimed.

“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and also our hearts are damaged,” claimed Head of state Angelica Suarez. “Train Altobelli was a titan on our campus– a beloved teacher, coach, colleague, as well as friend. This is an incredible loss for our school area.”