John was born and raised in Middle Village, Queens and graduated from Our Lady of Hope Elementary School. In 1978, John began his high school experience at McClancy. While at McClancy, he was a member of the Freshman and Junior Varsity Basketball teams. John was also an Intramural Sports Coordinator/Official and was a staff member of the school newspaper, The Sentinel. As a junior John was chosen as a First Team All-Queens outfielder after batting .407 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI, he also received the team award as Most Outstanding Hitter. In the 1982 baseball season, as a senior, John was once again selected a First Team All-Queens outfielder with a .424 batting average, 7 homeruns and 28 RBI, for these feats, he received the team’s Most Valuable Player award.
John attended Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY and in 1983 was chosen All-Region XV First Team Designated Hitter. He was also the first player from Queensborough to be chosen as the DH in the All-Northeast District. In 1983, he was recognized nationally as the seventh best a .571 batting average. In 1984, he was once again chosen All-Region XV First Team Out Fielder and team MVP. In 1985, John was awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of Tennessee. In 1986, John finished his collegiate career at Long Island University in Brooklyn, and was second on the team in three different offensive categories.
Upon graduation, he became the assistant coach at LIU, a position he held from 1987 to 1993. He continued his coaching career in 1995 as the Head Varsity Coach at Curtis High School in Staten Island until 2004. John is presently the Head Varsity Coach at St. Peter’s High School in Staten Island.
John has been employed by the NYC Department of Education for the past 18 years and currently works at McKee Career and Technical High School in Staten Island as a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Dean of Students.
John married Kathleen Orazem in 1990 and they have three children: John 13, Meghan 10, and Jillian 7.