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Coach John Altobelli

Memorial Service

Memorial service for John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli will take place on Monday, February 10, at 4:00 p.m. at Anaheim Stadium. The services will be open to the public.

An Incredible Loss

Dear OCC Friends,

It is with a heavy heart and tremendous sense of loss that I share with you the passing of Orange Coast College’s beloved Assistant Professor and head baseball coach John Altobelli who served our students for 27 years. Coach Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, along with six other people, that included Kobe Bryant and his daughter. 

This past semester, I had the opportunity to meet John as he enthusiastically shared his passion for his work and commitment to students. As we gathered on the baseball field yesterday afternoon, many of his current and former students, colleagues, friends, and family members shared stories that honored John’s life and legacy. 

“Coach Alto” was a giant on our campus — over the span of his 27-year coaching career at OCC, he won more than 700 games and captured four state championship titles. But more importantly, he was a cherished colleague and dedicated champion for student athletes. He was instrumental in furthering the opportunities for countless baseball players to receive scholarships and transfer to four-year institutions. Coach Altobelli had high expectations for his players and stood alongside them not only in their journeys as athletes, but also served as a mentor as they embarked on their academic journey. His steadfast commitment and unwavering support for students symbolizes the spirit of Orange Coast College. This is a tremendous loss for our college community. “Coach Alto” will be greatly missed.

Coach Altobelli is survived by two children, Alexis and JJ. The OCC Foundation has established a memorial fund to support the family during this difficult time. Donations can be directed to the Foundation’s website.

Let us support one another as we honor the life of Coach Altobelli. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.  

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Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.