MEET JOHN HYDEN

Height: 6-5 / Born: October 7, 1972 / Hometown: San Diego, California / Resides: Sherman Oaks, California / Olympics: 1996, 9th (Indoor); 2000, 11th (Indoor) / School: San Diego State University / Nickname: Johnny “The H Bomb” Hyden

MOST NOTABLE

  • Claimed his first World Tour gold medal in 2014 at the FIVB Berlin smart Grand Slam
  • Two-Time AVP Best Defensive Player (2013 & 2009)
  • Voted MVP of the 1996 Olympic Indoor Team
  • Named a First-Team All-American twice during his collegiate-career at San Diego State
  • Inducted into the SDSU Aztec Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Earned nine AVP and seven Pro Beach titles as a professional

DID YOU KNOW

  • Hyden had an NCAA-record 56 kills in one match with San Diego State
  • The former Aztec was named MVP all four seasons with SDSU, while leading the nation in kills per game in 1994-1995
  • Impressed USA coaching staff with performances in the 1995 World University Games and the 1995 NORCECA Zone Championship, Hyden also competed on the 1995 World Cup team, aiding the team to a fourth-place finish
  • The two-time Olympian was a member of the United States National Indoor Team from 1995-2000, where he was slotted as an outside hitter.
  • Ranked in the top 20 on the AVP Tour for seven consecutive seasons (2004-2010)
  • In 2011, Hyden and partner Sean Scott became the first men’s champions of the newly formed National Volleyball League, after winning the Baltimore Preakness
  • Became the second-oldest player (41 years, eight months and 29 days) to ever win an AVP event after winning the 2014 AVP Milwaukee Open with partner Tri Bourne
  • Hyden has paired up with six former teammates from his two indoor Olympic squads in his career, out of his 13 partners
  • Married actress and producer Robyn Dale San Filippo in June 2001. Robyn is now committed to her practice as a certified massage therapist.

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LEADERSHIP

"It's not the easiest thing to do, but we expect to go out and win every match we play if we're playing to the best of our abilities."

At the age of 42, John Hyden has become very familiar with the AVP Tour, which has helped him game plan against opponents. “People always ask me if I watch a lot of video, but I don’t,” Hyden said of his preparation. “Right now I know everybody. I know everybody’s tendencies; I’ve played against all of them. I know their strengths and weaknesses. Mentally, it’s just remembering who you are playing against and what they do.”

FATHER, ATHLETE, AND AMBASSADOR

DETERMINATION

Hyden, who played at San Diego State and participated in two Olympics as a member of the United States' indoor team, has competed as a beach volleyball professional for 12 years.

At the age of 41, John Hyden has become very familiar with the AVP Tour, which has helped him game plan against opponents. “People always ask me if I watch a lot of video, but I don’t,” Hyden said of his preparation. “Right now I know everybody. I know everybody’s tendencies; I’ve played against all of them. I know their strengths and weaknesses. Mentally, it’s just remembering who you are playing against and what they do.”

SUCCESS DEMANDS SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE

KNOWLEDGE

Hyden and Bourne's combination of youth and experience has merged as they have surged to No. 12 in the FIVB international standings and second among U.S. teams. Bourne says he has focused on absorbing wisdom from Hyden, who he called "easily one of the most knowledgeable players out there."

“You’re seeing in a lot of sports older guys being able to condition better and condition smarter,” Hyden said. “With my trainer, it’s really smart training. I never do heavy squats or put anything on my back. Overall health and nutrition is getting smarter and working out is getting smarter. If you’re not adapting to that and changing, you’re not going to be in the game in a while.”

IT’S AN OLYMPIC YEAR. TIME TO CAPITALIZE.

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