By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Orange Coast College has announced that their baseball coach John Altobelli was on board the helicopter crash that happened in Calabasas, California. The plane crash happened before 10 am PST on Sunday morning.
The plane crash also cost the life of Basketball icon Kobe Bryant. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna – who was nicknamed GiGi – was on board the Bryant helicopter crash.
Joining Altobelli on the helicopter was his wife Keri Altobelli and his daughter Alyssa Altobelli.
The authorities have not identified the people, who lost their lives on the plane. The Los Angeles Police Department; however, did say that there were nine people on board.
Their investigation is ongoing. First responders had a tough time reaching the crash scene due to a brush fire that reportedly traveled one acre.
“John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” Coast Athletic Director Jason Kehler said. “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.”
TMZ Sports is reporting that the helicopter was traveling to Thousand Oaks, California to the Mamba Sports Academy, where a basketball tournament was planned to be played. However, due to the tragedy, the tournament was not played, as the players grieved with one another.
Altobelli was a coach at Orange Coast College for 27-years. He had more than 700 wins during his tenure, including four State Championships.
“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken,” OCC President Angelica Sanchez said. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus – a beloved teacher, coach, colleague, and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”
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