College baseball coach dies in crash that killed Bryant

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This undated photo released by Orange Coast College shows its head baseball coach John Altobelli. The Altobelli family has confirmed that John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were among those killed in the helicopter crash with NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Alyssa played on the same team as Gianna, said Altobelli’s brother Tony, who is the sports information director at the school. (Orange Coast College via AP)

LOS ANGELES, Cal. (AP) – Longtime Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was killed in the helicopter crash that also took the lives of Kobe Bryant and the retired NBA superstar’s daughter, Gianna.

Altobelli’s brother says the 56-year-old coach died in the crash along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa.

Altobelli’s daughter was on the same basketball team as Gianna Bryant.

Altobelli spent 27 seasons as coach at the community college in Costa Mesa, California.

He also coached more than a dozen future major leaguers in the Cape Cod Baseball League for elite college prospects, including All-Stars Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets.

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