High School Sports

Danny O’Fallon, Roybal basketball coach, dies at 49

BURBANK, CA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019 - Roybal High School basketball coach Danny O’Fallon during
Roybal High School basketball coach Danny O’Fallon during pregame introductions at a state tournament game last season against Providence. He led his team to a 19-1 record and the City Division III championship while battling stage 4 cancer. He died on Thursday. He was 49.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Danny O’Fallon, the boys basketball coach at Los Angeles Roybal who set an example with his courage and strength while guiding his team to the City Section Division III championship during his battle with stage 4 colon cancer, died on Thursday morning at a hospital in Santa Monica, his wife, Dr. Chonn Ng, said. He was 49.

O’Fallon continued to undergo aggressive chemotherapy treatment and continued to coach Roybal up until he was hospitalized on Dec. 20.

Last season, Roybal won its first basketball title, causing O’Fallon to collapse on the court while players comforted him in an emotional scene. The team went 19-0 until losing a state playoff game.

In November, O’Fallon said he was battling daily to have a normal life. His story became the subject of several television talk shows.


His wife said Thursday she informed his players of his death.

“I texted this morning and got a lot of crying tears,” she said. “He was very proud and very honored to coach them.”

He was head coach for three seasons at Roybal and left a message his players will not forget.

“He always said every day he was 0-0 with a clean slate and you aim for that 1-0,” Dr. Ng said.


He is survived by his wife and daughter Teagan.

A service will be held on Jan. 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Dr. in Los Angeles.

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