Former Brewster Whitecaps Coach and Family Among Victims in California Helicopter Crash

BREWSTER – The former head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps was among the nine people who were killed in the same helicopter crash that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. 

In a statement on their social media pages, the Brewster Whitecaps announced that former head coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were on board the helicopter that crashed into the mountain side of Calabasas, California. 

“It’s a sad day for baseball and the Brewster Whitecap family,” said Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik. “Our hearts go out to the Altobelli family and everyone involved in this tragedy.”

Altobelli was the head coach of the Whitecaps from 2012-2014 and his son J.J, who was not in the helicopter, played for the team too and is now a scout for the Boston Red Sox. 

John was also the current coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team.

“With deepest condolences to the family of former Brewster Whitecaps head coach John Altobelli on the loss of John, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa in the helicopter crash earlier today in which nine souls were lost, including Kobe Bryant,” said Brewster State Representative Tim Whelan. 

Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa are survived by J.J. and daughter Alexis. 


About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the News Center in 2019.
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