Considered to be one of Georgia’s greatest high school football coaches, Nick Hyder was also a faithful FCA supporter and volunteer, and regular attendee at FCA camps and clinics.
Hyder began his career at West Rome High School where he taught math and coached the football and baseball teams. In his first year, he led the baseball team to the state championships.
In 1974, Hyder was named the head football coach at Valdosta High School where his teams won seven state championships, three national titles (1984, 1986 and 1992), and recorded six undefeated seasons. He was named Georgia Coach of the Year seven times and selected as the USA Today National Coach of the Year in 1994.
Hyder’s career record was 302-48-5. He was the first Georgia high school football coach to win 200 games in 20 years, and the first to win 300 games in less than 30 years. Hyder has been inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Carson-Newman College Hall of Fame, and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Hall of Fame.