John attended one year at Kellogg High School and transferred to Wallace where he was a starter for the Miners in football and basketball. He was named All League in Football.
After graduation he attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. He played basketball at North Idaho College in 1960 and finished college at the U of I.
John started his career in coaching as an assistant to Norm Walker at Mullan in 1963 and they won the State Basketball Championship in 1964. In his coaching career in Mullan he has won over 1,000 games, had five undefeated football teams and dominated the league in the 1960 s & 70 s. He won 14 league titles and had a football record of 229-51. His Basketball record was 467-205 and won six tract titles before Mullan discontinued track. He is now retired and helps his son coach his grand children and loves raising horses and working on his golf game.
Some of his many awards are Idaho Coach of the year 1983-1984, North Idaho coach of the Year 1983, 1997, Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho State Activities Association, Mullan Teacher of the Year, and he entered the Wallace Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. The football field in Mullan was names John Drager Field in 1996 and John was picked by the Spokesman Review as one of the all time top 10 coaches in north Idaho.
He was the Athletic Director at Mullan and managed the Mullan Swimming Pool for over thirty years.
John lives with his wife Evelyn in Osburn, Idaho and they have two sons, Dr. Mike Drager and Jeff Drager, two grandchildren Dayna and Erik and a brother Syd in Spokane.