On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, were killed in a helicopter crash that included NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and five others. The loss was felt not only through the Altobelli family and the OCC community, but throughout all of college baseball and the country. On the one-year anniversary of this tragic event, OCC would like to pay homage to our longtime coach, his wife and his daughter. Please join us as we bring in special guests to share their experiences and memories and we will show the world, through photos and video, some of the reasons why John Altobelli left a lasting legacy in this area … and not just on the baseball field. A father, a son, a brother, a coach, a mentor, a leader … John Altobelli will be “Forever a Pirate”.


Virtual Memorial Service

Memorial Livestream

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 10 a.m. on YouTube.

Watch Memorial

Share Your Memories

John Altobelli left a lasting legacy at OCC and beyond, as a father, son, brother, coach, mentor, and leader. Please join us in sharing your experiences, memories and photos of “Coach Alto” and his family.

Altobelli family standing together with trophy
The Altobelli Family
Coach Altobelli stand for the national anthem with cap in hand
John Altobelli standing for the national anthem on OCC baseball field
Coach John Altobelli standing in uniform
Coach John Altobelli
John Altobelli from 1997
John Altobelli, 1997
Coach Altobelli fist bumping with players
Coach Alto with team
Kobe Bryant speaking to baseball team with John altobelli in the back
Kobe Bryant visits the OCC baseball team
Memorial held during a baseball game
Memorial for Coach Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa on Feb. 10, 2020