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Former Tech coach dies at 91

February 10, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- John "Whack" Hyder, the second winningest basketball coach at Georgia Tech, died Sunday at the age of 90.

 Hyder won 292 games with Georgia Tech between 1951 and 1973, a victory total surpassed only by Bobby Cremins who topped the mark in 1996.

 Hyder led Georgia Tech to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1960 and also took the Yellow Jackets to the NIT twice.

Hyder coached Tech's first two all-America players in Roger Kaiser and Rich Yunkus and was twice chosen as Southeastern Conference coach of the year.

Hyder's most famous victory was in 1955, when Tech snapped Kentucky's 129-game home winning streak with a 59-to-58 win.

A native of Lula, Hyder lettered in basketball, baseball, cross country and track at Georgia Tech.

After graduating in 1937, he played three years in the New York Yankees' farm system and was in the Navy during World War Two.

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