During his athletic career he won 25 National AAU titles, and won a record 10 NCAA individual titles (in 12 swims), while leading his team to four undefeated seasons, and in 1977, he won the 1977 James E. Sullivan Award as America’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete.
In 1984 he carried the Olympic Flag into the Opening Ceremonies of the Los Angeles Games, and was elected into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
In a recent nationwide USA Today contest, he was elected as the male co-captain of the 100 Golden Olympians, an all-star group of many of America's most famous Olympic champions, including Bruce Jenner, Magic Johnson, Mark Spitz and Muhammad Ali.
The Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, marked his sixth Olympic broadcast. He worked as a sports commentator at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, 1988 Games in Seoul, the ’92 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, ’94 in Lillehammer, and 96 Games in Atlanta.
John Naber remains in demand as a television personality. He has served as play-by-play host for over 30 different Olympic sports, including his work on ABC's Wide World of Sports for gymnastics, weightlifting, equestrian and skiing events. He has also worked with national cable companies, hosting shows like the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour and the "Great College Rivalries" series on ESPN and ESPN2, as well as the Winter Olympic coverage for Turner Broadcasting.
As an observer of athletic excellence, he is able to share the "behind-the-scenes" stories of the athletes and their accomplishments. With the use of humor in matching his comments to the specific needs of his audience, John Naber has developed a series of interchangeable "power-paragraphs" fit for any occasion from a sports event to a sales and management seminar. Along with his individual goal-setting methods, he uses his experience as an Olympic athlete and his observations as a sports announcer to illustrate the process of seeing dreams come true.
John Naber has worked as a Master of Ceremonies, keynote speaker, seminar leader, panelist, moderator, and dinner speaker for small audiences of twenty to full auditoriums of 50,000.
Although he always customizes his remarks to his audience, his topics include:
The Gold Medal Performance; Seeing Your Dreams Come True. Discipline; Keeping the Promises You Make to Yourself. Teamwork in a Competitive World. Motivation; The Feeling Before the Accomplishment.
His client list includes: Alaska Airlines, Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, BellSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coca Cola, Columbus Bank & Trust, IBM, Johnson's Wax, McDonald's, Merrill Lynch, Miller Brewing, Minute Maid, Northwestern Mutual, Sanyo, Sears Roebuck, Time Warner, Valvoline Oil Company, Visa, Weyerhaeuser Mortgage, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Letters of referral are available on request.
John Naber is also a successful businessman where he is the president of "Naber and Associates, Inc." a consulting firm that specializes in sports-related marketing. He has written, produced and directed his own video program, "Gettin' Better: Championship Swimming with John Naber", which has sold thousands of copies worldwide and remains a popular item at his sport clinics and seminars.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Honorary Swim Coach of the International Special Olympics and advisor to the Women's Sports Foundation. He is also the former Chairman of the AAF-Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, and is actively involved in fundraising activities for the United States Olympic Committee and his alma mater, the University of Southern California. Naber is the current president of the US Olympians, an association of over 6,000 American Olympic alumni, through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He is also the author of “Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America’s Greatest Olympic Motivators” which is available in stores, nationwide.
John Naber lives with his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Christina, in Pasadena, California.