Remembering the Legends: Hack Hyder

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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BY C.Y. Peters

Elizabethton/Happy Valley/Milligan

As a football senior for EHS in 1956, Hack Hyder garnered All-Big Six Conference honors (tackle) and was voted to the Tennessee All-American team. He was also a Cyclone baseball player and did well enough to earn a chance at Milligan. Hyder wound up leading the Buffs in batting average both seasons (.458 in 1958, .333 in ’59).

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As a baseball coach, Hyder led Happy Valley to seven Watauga Conference titles — and the school’s only state tournament appearance (1978 Class AA semifinals). At the end of a 10-year stay, he followed up with 12 years as skipper of the Cyclones, guiding them to the Big 7 crown in his first year.  Hyder was an assistant coach in football, coached two high school baseball teams and was a clock keeper for the basketball team for many years. He was loved by so many students he helped become men and women. Hyder was a member of the Oak Street Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and a member of the church choir. He was married to Shelby Reece and they have two sons, Steve and Greg. Hack Hyder passed away on February 27, 2007.