Coach Hyder

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Coach John "Whack" Hyder

John "Whack" Hyder (born July 10, 1912, in Lula, Georgia - February 9, 2003) was an American coach and athlete. John Hyder is the second winningest basketball coach in Georgia history. Also, he is widely regarded as one of the best all-around athletes to have attended Tech. Hyder is survived by his daughter, son-in-law, and his four grandchildren.


Tech Career

John Hyder was one of the best all-around athletes in Tech History. He was recruited by William Alexander and received a scholarship to play basketball for Tech. He lettered in basketball, baseball, cross country and track. He was also one of few to letter in football his freshman year. In 1937, he graduated from Georgia Tech and entered the New York Yankees farm system. After 3 years, he left the professional baseball scene for good. [1]

Coaching Years

In 1946, after serving in World War II, John Hyder returned to Georgia Tech. Yet again, Coach Alexander sought out Hyder and hired him as an assistant basketball coach. Hyder served as an assistant coach under Ray McArthur until the 1952 season. [2] During his tenure as assistant coach, Hyder helped to bring out the best in players. His players cited his patience as a defining characteristic that made playing for him even more enjoyable. Coach Hyder was praised for catering his coaching to specific player's skills and ultimately leading Tech's basketball team to many memorable moments.[3]

In 1960 John Hyder returned for another strong season. Coach John Hyder and all-American Roger Kaiser led the Jackets to their first NCAA Mens Championship game. Georgia tech defeated Ohio University in the first round. Eventually, they lost to the champion Ohio State Buckeyes. After this, the team continued to show improved under Coach Hyder. Four years after their first NCAA appearance, Tech went undefeated while at home. The Jackets also were ranked second in their conference. They reached the National Invitation Tournament and lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels

All of these accolades lead up to his induction into both Georgia Tech's Athletic Hall of Fame (1980) and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

His coaching expertise led him to earn Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. Some of Tech's great athletes are products of John Hyder's coaching, such as Roger Kaiser and Rich Yunkus.[citation needed]

Memorable Coaching Moments

Coach Hyder's tenure at Tech set numerous records. Hyder guided the Tech basketball team to three upsets over Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams. They were ranked first at the time and that loss ended their 129 game winning streak at home. Some of his other accomplishments as coach are:

  • 23-9 record in 1971
  • 3-Time SEC Runner up
  • Coached Tech's first 2 All-American Basketball Players[citation needed]


  1. Tax, Jerimiah. "Father Knows Best." Sports Illustrated Vault. N.p., 15 Feb 1960. Web. 03 Dec 2010. <>.
  2. "Tech Timeline." Georgia Tech Living History. N.p., 08 Jan 2009. Web. 06 Dec 2010. <
  3. "Whack Hyder's Record vs. Kentucky." Big Blue History. ACC, 03 Feb 2003. Web. 04 Dec 2010. <>.
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