Christina Mauser was an assistant coach at the Mamba Academy under Kobe Bryant. She and her husband worked at the school where Gianna Bryant studied.
The world has not yet overcome the shock of the tragic accident that happened on 26 January 2020. NBA legend Kobe Bryant with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna and 7 others died in the tragic chopper accident that occurred in Calabasas, Los Angeles. Christina Mauser, a basketball coach was one of the identified victims of the crash. Her husband recently spoke out about the devastating event and how it affected his family.
According to CBS, Matt Mauser, Christina's husband and a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach opened up about the excruciating pain of losing his wife. "I got three small kids, and I'm trying to figure out how to navigate life with three kids and no mom," said Mauser to Today Show. He added, "I'm scared. I think more than anything I'm a little scared about the future."
Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Del Mar, Ca. passed away on the helicopter that took the life of Kobe & Gianna Bryant. She leaves behind her husband Matt Hauser & their children! He's on Facebook devastated! Keep her family in prayer! pic.twitter.com/7KkwZLcRvv— Brunell Donald-Kyei (@brunelldonald) January 27, 2020
He went on to say that his wife was an "extraordinary" woman. "She was incredibly witty, funny, funny like nobody you've ever met," he said. "She was warm, she was incredibly bright, she was technologically incredibly savvy. She could figure out anything," said the mourning husband.
He broke down with ABC News and said, "I loved her. It's as simple as that. "I loved my wife with everything I had." He wishes to have her back just to see their kids grow together. Speaking to the Today Show, Mauser could not contain his emotions and said he," I guess I'm doing as good as you can expect. It's horrible. It's horrible."
Mauser, along with his wife, coached the basketball team at the private school where Bryant's daughter Gianna studied. He befriended the player while taking Spanish classes at the school. Bryant spotted Christina's basketball coaching abilities and decided to ask her for help. She soon became an assistant coach at the Mamba Academy under the 41-year-old NBA player. "He saw what an amazing mind she had for basketball. They called her the 'Mother of Defense,' MOD. It was a family. They all really cared about each other," recalled Mauser. He added, "Kobe took these kids from private school and just made them gritty and tough. He was dedicated and so was my wife. They were dedicated to these girls."
"I loved her. It's as simple as that. I loved my wife with everything I had." 💔 Matthew Mauser reflected on the memory of his late wife Christina, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Full story: https://t.co/sb3IjEMsyN pic.twitter.com/wLYFNIYdAW— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 28, 2020
The man, who is grieving along with the kids, said he and the kids avoided watching television. However, he admitted they had a brief look at ESPN's "SportsCenter" that showed people mourning for the victims of the crash. He said knowing others were mourning just like he and his family made them feel at peace. "We watched 'SportsCenter' for two seconds and everything was about how much everybody was mourning and hurting and (my daughter) said it was nice to know that everybody was hurting along with us,'' said Mauser. He added, "I know that sounds odd, but that kind of helped."
Christina was heading off to a basketball game along with the other victims when the accident happened. On its occurrence, Mauser shared a Facebook post to confirm the death of his wife.
Other victims of the crash included, John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, his wife and their daughter, Alyssa. Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton along with the pilot Ara Zobayan were other victims.