John-at-TEDx-BendJohn started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level.  He is the author of three #1 bestselling books, Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids (2013), Every Moment Matters: How the World’s Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams (2019) and The Champion Teammate: Timeless Lessons to Connect, Compete and Lead in Sports and Life (2023). John’s work has been featured by CNN, Outside Magazine, ESPN, NBC Sports and numerous other media entities. John is an internationally known speaker for coaches, parents and youth sports organizations, and has spoken for TEDx, the US Olympic Committee, US Soccer, USA Wrestling, USA Swimming, US Ski and Snowboard, Ireland Rugby, Australian Rugby League and at numerous schools and coaching conferences throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. John has also worked with coaches and teams on leadership and team culture development at universities such as Rutgers, Ohio State, Fordham, Xavier, University of San Francisco, and Colby College.

When he speaks, John brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, parenting, coaching, and creating a player-centered environment.

Originally from New York, John played collegiate soccer at Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior, and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team.  After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USISL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC.  He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer. He holds his USSF A License, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License. To this day he coaches children of all ages with Apex FC in Bend, OR.

John received his BA from Fordham University, and his Masters from the University of Vermont. He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 18, and Tiernan, age 17.