John Hyder

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John Hyder
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Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1912-07-10)July 10, 1912
Lula, Georgia
Died February 9, 2003(2003-02-09) (aged 90)
Playing career
1933–1937 Georgia Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1951 Georgia Tech (assistant)
1951–1973 Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 292–271 (.519)
Accomplishments and honors
  • Georgia Tech Hall of Fame (1980)

John T. "Whack" Hyder (July 10, 1912 – February 9, 2003)[1] was an American college basketball coach. He is the second winningest coach in Georgia Institute of Technology's history with 292 wins.[1] Hyder led the Yellow Jackets to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1960 where they advanced to the Elite Eight.[1][2] In 1971, Georgia Tech reached the National Invitation Tournament championship game.[2]

As a player, Hyder lettered in baseball, basketball, track, and cross country at Georgia Tech.[1] After graduating in 1937 he spent three years playing in the New York Yankees' minor league baseball system.[1][3] Hyde served in the United States Navy in World War II before returning to Georgia Tech as an assistant men's basketball coach in 1946.[1] In 1951, he was promoted to head coach where he remained until 1973.[1]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Former Tech basketball coach Whack Hyder dies". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Georgia Institute of Technology. February 17, 2003. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Year Inducted:1980 / Category:Coach" (PDF). Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "John Hyder Minor League Stats". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2014.