John was born in Paso Robles, CA. where he spent his younger days surfing then turned his attention to football. John was a High School football standout at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA. then was drafted by Arizona State University as a Right Tackle and Punter, where he won the Glen Hawkins Sportsmanship Award. After his college years John was drafted in the 19th round of the NFL draft playing for the Washington Redskins in 1965. Somewhere between college and being drafted by the NFL, John became a United States Marine serving 2 years before being released to return to college.
John not only went to college to play football, he earned his degree and began teaching after returning to California. He had two master’s degrees (teaching and Special Education). Around 1981 John and his family made the trek east where John began teaching at Binghamton H.S. in Binghamton, NY. This is where John’s love of coaching embedded itself in the community. John coached Football at Binghamton HS and at Chenango Valley Jr.-Sr. HS as a modified football coach. He started playing in the Kattelville Fast pitch Men’s Softball League from 1983 – 1992, this is where John established his love for softball and began coaching the Binghamton HS Girls Softball Team in 1990. That run lasted until 2007, as well as all the softball camps he ran there until 2005. John then directed his attention to running pitching camps at Oneonta Boys and Girls Club and SUNY Broome from 2005 and 2013, respectively. John returned to coaching as an assistant coach for SUNY Broome Community College softball team. John’s coaching has fostered the love of the game in many of his former players who have also become coaches themselves at various High Schools and Colleges.
John was a founding participant of the Binghamton Area Girls Softball Association Inc. (BAGSAI) program and complex, and found great pleasure watching “his softball girls” play and succeed in the sport. John also coached the Days Inn sponsored girls travel softball team. His involvement and dedication to girls’ softball in the triple cities area is a true testament to his commitment to the positive development of children and teaching them to succeed.
John is survived by his wife Mary (Francie) Seedborg, two daughters Tina (Steve Requa), and Rebecca (Ron Conrad), and his grandchildren Lexi and Maddie (Requa), and Kara, Baileigh, and Cameron (Conrad). His sister Deborah (Mark Ellis), Colorado and several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was undergoing a procedure when he unexpectantly passed due to complications. This sudden loss of John has left the family both emotionally and financially devastated and unprepared. Honor the memory of John and show your support for the family by donating in his name to assist the family with the mounting expenses during this difficult time. Donations may be made at www.TMCFunding.com. No amount is too small, and everything is greatly appreciated.
A celebration of John’s life is planned for early summer in Binghamton, NY.