John Altobelli Bio – John Altobelli Wiki
John Altobelli was a former University of Houston baseball player and the head coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team. He was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College for 27 years, leading the Pirates to four state titles and notching more than 700 wins.
In 2019, Altobelli was selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association’s national coach of the year following a season in which he led the Pirates to a state championship, according to the Orange County Register.
After two seasons at two different California junior colleges, Altobelli transferred to the University of Houston in 1983. Altobelli was a two-year team captain and starting outfielder for the Cougars. In his senior season, the team advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals, falling one win short of a College World Series appearance. In 1987, Altobelli graduated from UH with a degree in physical education, according to The Houston Chronicle.
John Altobelli Age
He was 56 years old.
John Altobelli Death
John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were among those who died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Bryant’s daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.
Following news of the tragedy, OCC 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.”
The tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant on Sunday didn’t just send shock waves through the basketball world.
According to several reports, one of the other victims was John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., for over two decades. Altobelli also served as the head coach for three seasons for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League from 2012-14.
In his first season with Brewster, Altobelli coached Aaron Judge and Jeff McNeil. Both players reacted on social media following the crash.
“Tough to hear the news of coach Altobelli,” McNeil wrote on Twitter. “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.”
John Altobelli Family
Altobelli was married to his wife Keri. The couple had two daughters and a son. He is survived by daughter Alexis and a son, Red Sox scout J.J. Altobelli.