Orange Coastline Higher education baseball coaching legend John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa ended up amid the victims in Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Altobelli was a coach at OCC for 27 several years, main the Pirates to 4 point out titles and notching additional than 700 wins. He was 56.
“John intended so much to not only Orange Coastline University, but to baseball,” OCC athletic director Jason Kehler mentioned in a assertion. “He really personified what it signifies to be a baseball coach. The enthusiasm that he put into the sport, but far more importantly his athletes, was 2nd to none — he handled them like household. Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli household through this time of tragedy.”
ESPN’s Jeff Passan spoke to New York Mets star Jeff McNeil, who performed for Altobelli in 2012, when Altobelli managed the Brewster Whitecaps, a collegiate, summer season baseball group in the Cape Cod League.
“He’s a person of the major factors I am nevertheless taking part in expert baseball,” McNeil informed ESPN of Altobelli.
McNeil reported he had a inadequate first two yrs at Extensive Seashore State. His coaches there questioned Altobelli to deliver McNeil to Brewster in any case.
“He took a possibility on me, saved me the entire summertime. Him taking that probability on me, owning me on his workforce, got me drafted,” McNeil said.
“He made you consider in your capacity. I remember when we very first obtained to the Cape, he explained, ‘You’re here for a cause. You’ve just got to feel you can do it. If you want to steal, steal. Engage in your sport. Do what you fellas want to do. Delight in it. Have fun with it. This is gonna be a single of the ideal summers of your everyday living.'”