John’s passion is to inspire growth in teams and individuals wanting to be all they can be.
John has been connected to and has demonstrated leadership in the world of athletics practically his entire life. He played football at Stanford University and coached college football for two years after graduating. John then served as one of four founding directors of the NCAA Volunteers for Youth which served thousands of young people over a 10 year period.
After earning his masters in social work and directing a non-profit agency (for which he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, given “for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities”, John then began a 28 year career as a college athletics administrator. He served on and chaired several NCAA and ACC committees and is credited with creating the first leadership academy in a college athletics department whose concept has spread throughout the world of college athletics.
Additionally, John has consulted on leadership and character development with two major league baseball organizations for the past 10 years and served as an executive coach for seven minor league managers.
John has been married to the former Dawn London for 36 years. The couple has three grown children and two grandchildren.