Hyder receives Hall of Fame honor

from staff reports
Former Happy Valley High School and East Tennessee State University basketball star Billy Haroldean Hyder was inducted into the Clermont Northeastern High School Sports Hall of Fame in Clermont County, Ohio on Aug. 23, 2003.
He also received the "Rocket Pride Award" for his outstanding contributions to the Athletic Department as a teacher, coach, athletic director, as well as administrator from 1957-1977.
Hyder played his high school ball under the late coach John Treadway, playing in the state tournament his junior and senior years.
He played his college ball under the late coach Madison Brooks. He also played center field and lead-off hitter on the ETSU baseball team under the late coach Jim Mooney.
During his 20 years at Northeastern, he helped build CNE's first baseball field, helped start the first football program, led the Rocket's baseball team to the undefeated championship in 1960 and was named "Coach of the Year" in basketball in 1963. He spend the last four and a half years of his 20 years as principal of CNE.
In the fall of 1977, he left CNE to go to Deer Park High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, as teacher and coach, coaching football, basketball, baseball, track, and wrestling. He retired in 1984.
Hyder has maintained an active sports lifestyle by officiating football, basketball, and baseball. He returned to ETSU in 1992 to play in the Legends game and returned in the fall of that same year to play in the alumni baseball tournament.
He has played senior softball in Cincinnati since 1988 and just completed the 2003 season, missing only one season due to major health problems. His senior softball team won the Nationals in 1995 in Huntsville, Alabama, and in 1996, won the Senior Softball World Series in Detroit, Michigan.
Hyder and his wife reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are the proud parents of three sons and have five grandchildren. He is the son of the late Roger and Sallie Hyder of Elizabethton. He is the brother of the late Vivian Hayes, Gordon Hyder, and Reverend Jack Hyder. His only surviving sibling, Velma Adams, resides in Johnson City.