January 30, 2020

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Orange Coast College baseball coach, his daughter, wife among 9 killed in helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant

CALABASAS, Calif.– The longtime head baseball trainer at Orange Coast University in Costa Mesa was among those eliminated in the Calabasas helicopter crash that likewise claimed Kobe Bryant’s life Sunday, the college said, KTLA records.

John Altobelli, 56, was aboard the aircraft with his daughter Alyssa Altobelli as well as spouse Keri Altobelli, the coach’s sibling Tony Altobelli informed CNN.

Bryant’s 13-year-old child Gianna Bryant is also amongst the 9 that passed away, sources confirmed to the Associated Press.

Gianna as well as Alyssa were colleagues at the Mamba Academy and were flying from Orange Area to Thousand Oaks to participate in a game, OCC assistant instructor Ron La Ruffa told CNN.

“It was something John routinely did, flying up with Kobe to go to video games with his child,” La Ruffa stated.

John Altobelli operated at OCC for 27 years, the college stated.

“John implied a lot to not only Orange Coastline College, but to baseball,” Athletic Supervisor Jason Kehler stated in a statement. “He absolutely objectified what it implies to be a baseball coach. The enthusiasm that he put right into the game, but more notably his athletes, was second to none– he treated them like family members.”

“Our deepest condolences head out to the Altobelli family members throughout this moment of misfortune,” Kehler included.

The college claims the long time coach– known as “Train Alto”– had even more than 700 victories throughout his profession, including 4 state championships. In 2014, he was called as a Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

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

“We have actually lost a member of our OCC household, and also our hearts are damaged,” claimed President Angelica Suarez. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our university– a beloved teacher, trainer, associate as well as good friend. This is a remarkable loss for our campus area.”