John Hyden 2021

John Hyden, 2021

Earning All-CIF Southern Section honors at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, Hyden went to San Diego State where he was Team MVP in each of his four years. He earned first-team All-American honors in 1994 and 1995 and set a NCAA record for most kills in a match (56). He then started playing for the USA National Team. He made the final spot for the 1996 USA Atlanta Olympic team due to an injury and excelled for coach Fred Sturm, also a 2021 inductee. The USA squad finished ninth, one point from reaching the quarterfinals with Hyden voted as Team MVP.

Hyden continued to compete both with the USA team and playing internationally, first in the Italian league in 1997, then in the Brazilian Super league. Hyden was a part-time starter for the 2000 USA Sydney Olympic team under Doug Beal before the 6-5 outside hitter retired indoors. Hyden then took his talents to the beach. Remarkably, Hyden made at least one beach final from 2004-2017, a span of 14 years, and just missed making the 2016 USA Rio Beach Olympic team. He has won 28 beach events through 2020. In 2010 he was inducted into the San Diego State Athletics Hall of Fame.