Whack Hyder

John “Whack” Hyder (1912-2003)

Teams coached: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech record: 292-271 (.519)
Overall record: 292-271 (.519)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1960)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1960)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1971)
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1970, 1971)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1951-1973 Georgia Tech
1946-1951 Georgia Tech (asst)

Whack Hyder Facts

  • John T. Hyder
  • Born July 10, 1912
  • Died February 9, 2003
  • Hometown: Lula, Georgia
  • Alma Mater: Georgia Institute of Technology (BA, 1937)
  • Was a multi-sport star at Georgia Tech, lettering in basketball, baseball, track and cross country
    • On the hardwood, Hyder played for Tech head coach Roy Mundorff
    • After graduation, he spent three years in the New York Yankees farm system
    • Joined the US Navy and served for several years during World War II
  • Returned to GT in 1946, spending the next five seasons assisting head basketball coach Roy McArthur
  • Elevated to head coach in 1951, leading the Yellow Jackets for the next 22 seasons
    • Compiled an overall record of 292-271 and had multiple teams ranked in the AP Top 10
    • During his tenure, GT went from being a member of the SEC to being Independent
    • Reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1960 and finished as NIT Runner-up in 1971
    • Retired from coaching in 1973 as the winningest coach in program history (later passed by Bobby Cremins)
    • Enshrined in the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame (class of 1980)
  • Passed away in 2003 at the age of 91; survived by two children and four grandchildren

Whack Hyder Coaching Tree

  • Roger Kaiser (Life, West Georgia)
  • Dwane Morrison (Georgia Tech, Mercer)