John Altobelli

John Altobelli

Orange Coast College’s longtime baseball coach John Altobelli was among the victims of the helicopter crash Sunday that also took the life of basketball great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Altobelli's wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were also killed in the crash. Alyssa was a teammate of Gianna.

Altobelli was entering his 24th season as OCC’s head baseball coach and last year was named The American Baseball Coaches Association’s national coach of the year after leading the Pirates to a state championship that year.

OCC supporters and officials were gathering on campus Sunday as news spread through the community of Altobelli’s passing.

Altobelli was a fixture on the OCC campus and was loved by his team and the community. He was devoted to the team and to baseball.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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