Noah is an elite shot putter with a personal best of 20.80m (68′ 3″). He was a 2x NCAA Champion for USC and a 4x All-American. He represented the USA as a member of the 2007 World Championships Team in 2007 in Osaka, Japan.
Noah also threw the Hammer over 65m and is well known in that event for a near tragic hammer throwing accident in 2005. He narrowly escaped death when he was struck in the face with a hammer. During the warm-ups for the competition he released the hammer a little early and it ricocheted off the chain-link cage straight back at him. The hammer hit him directly underneath his right eye, shattering his orbital bone into fourteen little pieces. After the surgery to repair his face, the operating surgeon told Noah that he was millimeters from death. The accident resulted in the NCAA granting Noah a medical red shirt year.
- 2001: 61′ (12lb)
- 2002: 67’61/2″ (12lb) CA State Champion, CIF record, Ranked #3 in USA
- 2003: 18.41m (60’43/4″) Made US Junior National Team competing at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Barbados. Earned Silver Medal.
- 2004: 19.02m (62’5.5″) NCAA All-American
- 2005: Hammer accident
- 2006: 19.67m (64’6.5″) Pac-10 Champion, NCAA All-American
- 2007: 20.55m (67’5.25″) Indoor NCAA Champion and 20.56 (67’5.5″) Outdoor NCAA Champion. 4th place finish at USA Championships earning berth on World Chamioonships team.
- 2008: 20.26m
- 2009: 20.55m Ranked #8 in USA by Track and Field News
- 2010: 20.69m Ranked #7 in USA by Track and Field News
- 2011: 20.80m (68′ 3″)
- Bench: 570lbs
- Clean: 210kg
- Snatch: 155kg x 2
- Front Squat: 525lbs
John is a throws coach with over 20 years experience and has been Noah’s personal coach for 7+ years (1999-2002, 2009-current). He has coached at virtually every level from high school (where he has developed two California High School State Champions- Noah in 2002 and Derek Johnson in 2007) to NCAA Division I. He has coached at Cuesta College (1990-91, ’93), Whittier College (1994-1996), and UC Santa Barbara (1996-2001).
As an athlete, John began as a High Jumper (2.09m/6’10″ personal best) and eventually became a Javelin thrower (66.52m/218’3″). His academic life led him to attend many different colleges where he absorbed an eclectic mix of expertise from some of the best coaches in the USA. John attended UCLA (1987-1988), Cuesta College (1989-91), Utah State University (1992), and finally graduated from Whittier College with a B.A. and M.A. Ed. in Physical Education (1994-1996).