Mauser, 38, was a former Orange County Harbor Day School coach, attended by Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Recently Mauser worked at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where the group was headed for Gianna’s basketball tournament.
Gianna Bryant was also among the victims of the accident.
Mauser had three daughters, including Penny, who attended Harbor Day with Gianna, KABC reported.
She had flown several times on Bryant’s helicopter, which always made her nervous, said her husband Matthew Mauser.
Bryant chose her by hand as assistant coach for Gianna’s Mamba team, she said.
“He just loved the girls. He loved them all,” he said, according to the station report. “He treated them like his. He loved what he did.”
The cause of the accident is under investigation.