Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and his wife Keri Altobelli were on board with daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who was a basketball teammate of the NBA legend’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant.
J.J. is a scout for the Boston Red Sox, the newspaper said.
John Altobelli worked at Orange Coast College for 27 years and was known to be a mentor to players, according to the school.
“He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach,” the school’s athletic director, Jason Kehler, said in a statement. “The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none – he treated them like family.”
“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken,” the college president, Angelica Suarez, added in a statement. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus – a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”
“John Altobelli was a great coach and man,” tweeted Barry Faulkner, a sportswriter at the Daily Pilot in Southern California. “I worked closely with him for more than a dozen years covering his OCC program. Huge heart. Great sense of humor and passion for the game, his players and his family.”
His wife, Keri Altobelli, “really ran this team,” interim manager Nate Johnson said, according to KNBC. “They made everyone feel like an Altobelli or a Pirate.”