Born, Glasgow, Scotland, May 26, 1939.
John arrived at the new Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University in May of 1966 as pool custodian/gym facility equipment man. Between 1966 and 19687, with the assistance of students Ian Andrews and Ian McGregor, John founded the SFU soccer program which gained university status in 1975. By the time of his retirement as varsity coach in 1981, John's teams had won seven consecutive NAIA Regional Championships, A NAIA National Championship and the overall NAIA/NCAA Championship. His varsity soccer team also fulfilled SFU Chancellor Gordon Shrum's promise that "one day SFU would play in the Rose Bowl" and set a Guinness World Book of Records mark for the longest soccer game in modern history. John also contributed to Canadian and BC soccer during his soccer coaching career by his involvement in selecting, coaching and managing many provincial and Canadian national and NASL teams, and was manager of the national youth team at the CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Guatemala in 1981. His highlights include assisting Sir Bobby Robson and the legendary Hungarian star Ferenc Puskas with the Vancouver Royals in 1968, serving as assistant coach of the Canadian Olympic team for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and being an assistant coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 1974-75 NASL season. John was made a Charter Member of the Simon Fraser University Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.