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Sports John Altobelli — former Cape League coach, father of Red Sox scout — dies with wife, daughter, in Kobe Bryant crash

07:15  27 january  2020
07:15  27 january  2020 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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College Baseball Coach John Altobelli , His Wife and Daughter Dead in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash . Alyssa was a teammate of Gianna’s. John , 56, and Keri are also parents to daughter Alexis Altobelli and son J.J. Altobelli , who works as a scout for the Red Sox .

"Orange County baseball coach John Altobelli , his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri also died in the helicopter crash along with Kobe and Gianna Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus—a beloved teacher, coach , colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community

a man wearing a hat and glasses: John Altobelli was an assistant with the Cape League’s Brewster Whitecaps in 2011, before taking the top job the next three summers.© Courtesy Photo John Altobelli was an assistant with the Cape League’s Brewster Whitecaps in 2011, before taking the top job the next three summers.

John Altobelli, the father of a Red Sox scout who was also head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League from 2012–2014, was one of the people killed in the helicopter crash Sunday that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant.

Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa were among those who perished in Southern California.

In a phone call Sunday evening, Brewster team president Chris Kenney recalled Altobelli as a class act who always had the best interests of his players at heart.

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Former coach of Judge dies in crash with Bryant . Altobelli 's wife Keri and his daughter Alyssa were also among the victims of the accident, a. Altobelli , who also coached future MLB stars like Aaron Judge and Jeff McNeil in the Cape Cod League , was the longest-tenured baseball coach in

Kobe Bryant ’s daughter Gianna Bryant died with her dad in the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, according to TMZ Sports. The Houston Chronicle reported that Altobelli ’s daughter was a player on Bryant ’s basketball team. According to MassLive, J.J. Altobelli is a Red Sox scout .

“Obviously, we are shocked and saddened at the news,” said Kenney. “John was a trusted assistant who became our head coach. His family became part of our baseball family.

“He was a real baseball guy,” added Kenney. “People say that all the time about all sorts of people, but it was really the truth with John. He was just always focused on the success of his teams and success and development of his players.”

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Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College for 27 seasons.

“John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” Coast AD Jason Kehler said in a statement issued by the school. “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.”

Alyssa was on the AAU basketball team with Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died Sunday, that Bryant coached.

While a part of the Cape League, Altobelli managed multiple future All-Stars, including Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Jeff McNeil of the Mets.

Kenney said Altobelli’s chance to coach his son JJ for a summer, however, meant more to him than helping multiple future big-leaguers.

“He always said the chance to coach JJ that summer in Brewster as being the best summer of his career,” recalled Kenney.

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JJ, a former University of Oregon infielder, was drafted by St. Louis in the 18th round of the 2013 draft. He was hired as a scout by the Red Sox in 2018.

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