Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – John Altobelli, Orange Coast College Head Baseball Coach, on Championship Leadership

This is the sixth and final show in a series with the head baseball coaches of the teams that won their division: D I, II, II, CC and California CC plus the DI runner up. Our driving question is: How do championships. The core theme is this: a head coach must have strong leadership skills in addition to game know-how and technical skills/X’s & O’s player development. Championships do not occur randomly. They happen because the head coach has and uses sound leadership principles. Principles that are practiced and communicated daily team among assistant coaches players and other staff that work with the team Tune in to hear Orange Coast head coach John Altobelli, share his brand and approach to leadership. A leadership formula that produced a perfect 9-0 postseason record and the school’s fifth state baseball championship (1956, 1960, 1980, 2009). John is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Orange Coast baseball program with nearly 600 wins. He is only the 24th coach in the history of California Community College to reach 500 wins or more.. John has been chosen four times as the Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the game have helped him turn the Coast program into a perennial favorite to compete for the conference championship. 5 year as assist coach at UC-Irvine.