Statement from Altobelli Family

Statement from Altobelli Family

COSTA MESA -- On behalf of my entire family, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts at the outpouring of emotion and the overwhelming amount of attention received on the loss of my brother, John.

It's been a rollercoaster of emotions over the past 24-plus hours, but we wanted to extend our thanks and love to everyone who have in so many positive messages and well wishes. My brother was an amazing guy ... not just as a baseball coach, but as a father, a son, a brother, a husband and as a friend.

John was a legendary baseball coach here at Orange Coast College. As my older brother, he set the bar very high to follow and it's something I'll appreciate for the rest of my life.

The media attention, while extremely appreciative and flattering, is beginning to take its toll on the family, so at this time, we ask that any further media requests not go to me or my family, but instead, be directed to our Athletics Director, Jason Kehler or our Director of Marketing/Public Relations, Juan Gutierrez. Their contact information can be found on our website at

Our family appreciates your cooperation in this request, so we can properly give John the recogniation and celebration of life he deserves, while giving all the family time to heal and understand. 

Thank you for your understanding on this matter.


Tony Altobelli

Sports Information Director

Orange Coast College