The American Baseball Coaches Association selected Orange Coast College head coach John Altobelli as the ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year after guiding the Pirates to the 2019 state championship in May.
Altobelli, who became just the fifth coach in the history of California Community College baseball to win four our more state titles (Wally Kincaid 6, Scott Pickler 5, Dennis Rogers, Len Bourdet 4), was one of 11 coaches from all levels of collegiate baseball to be named the ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year.
"It's quite an honor and obviously this is something that is not won individually," Altobelli said. "It takes a great bunch of players and an exceptional coaching staff for something like this to happen so I definitely share this honor with the 2019 Pirates, who made this such a special season. To be named with some of the coaching greats at this level is a bit overwhelming, and it's something I will forever appreciate."
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