John Bonatesta is a graduate of Northern Cambria High School. During his high school athletic career, John was a 4-year letterman in baseball, football and basketball. He holds the title as one of Northern Cambria’s 1,000-point scorers in basketball and earned the honor of playing in the Ken Lantzy All Star football game and the Big John Riley Classic basketball game. John was also selected as 1st team Altoona Mirror and Indiana Gazette for baseball his junior and senior seasons. His senior year, John hit 7 home runs and ended with a batting average of .479. He was also named Northern Cambria High Schools Most Outstanding Athlete in 2005. He played on Galliker’s AAABA team for one year and in the Altoona City League for three years.
John played baseball at LaRoche College during his freshman year. He then transferred to Mount Aloysius College where he played baseball his sophomore year. John was a two-year member of the all-academic baseball team in the AMCC Conference. Due to a wrist injury, his college baseball career was cut short. John ended his college career batting .305 and added 28 stolen bases in two full seasons. He coached 2 years at Saint Francis University where he received a degree in Elementary and Special Education. John coached a fall travel team that had a career record of 25-6 and competed for the WPFBL Championship in 2011. John currently is a special education teacher at Northern Cambria Elementary School and is the Head Baseball Coach at Northern Cambria School District. He has been the Head Baseball Coach at Northern Cambria for 7 years, and during the 2014 season, he led Northern Cambria to its first conference championship in 30 years. John will be the Manager of AAABA Laurel Auto Group starting Summer 2018. John lives in Northern Cambria with his 5-year-old son Joseph.