HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The University of Houston's head baseball coach remembered a friend, former player, and coach with kind words Monday.
Coach Todd Whitting said he became lifelong friends with John Altobelli during their time on campus.
"Alto was a fun-loving guy. He loved his family," said Whitting. "He loved the University of Houston and this program. He wanted to see us do well. If a year went by and we didn't have one of his guys, he'd kind of give me a hard time. He was a great coach."
Altobelli's nephew, Bo Altobelli, also spoke with ABC13 Monday. He said his family is still trying to process the tremendous loss.
"John was a great coach, great baseball guy, and great family guy," said Altobelli.
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UH baseball community mourns loss of John Altobelli, killed in crash with Kobe Bryant