Athletics Hall of Fame

John Noga

SPORT(S) Baseball/Football
PLAYED AT BSU 1980-83
YEAR INDUCTED 2012
John Noga was a four-year letter winner for the Bemidji State baseball team. From 1980 to 1983, he played in 121 games as the Beavers’ first baseman and pitcher, leading legendary head coach Bob Montebello’s squad to a 1982 regular season Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) championship, a District 13 title, the Area IV championship and a berth in the NAIA College World Series.  

Noga finished his career in 1983 as a .345 career hitter with 108 hits and 63 runs batted in 313 plate appearances.  A captain as a senior, he led the team in RBI (24), runs scored (20) and home runs (5).  An ace of the 1982 pitching staff, Noga appeared in 12 games and threw a team-leading 49 2/3 innings. He allowed 56 hits and 30 earned runs with 39 strikeouts and a 3-3 record.  

Noga was also a member of the Bemidji State football team.

Noga graduated from Bemidji State in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis in coaching.  

Since graduation, Noga has been a high school football, girl’s basketball, softball and baseball coach in Akeley, Minn. and Parkers Prairie, Minn.  He has accumulated over 400 career basketball victories and was named 2010 Minnesota State High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
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