John grew up in Seattle playing his youth hockey before moving to Michigan. Following his youth hockey career Nogatch played two seasons of Junior "A" hockey in Ontario before accepting a full scholarship to play Division I Hockey at Lake Superior State University.
When retired from his playing career he immediately moved into the world of coaching where he has successfully lead teams from 10U to Junior A.
"We are extremely excited to add John to the SJHA family. Its not very often we get a coach who has played at the Division I level, and lead youth hockey teams at so many levels. His first hand knowledge of knowing what it takes to get to the next level will prove to be a great asset to our players this season." Said SJHA Athletic Director Nick Fouts