John Hyden attended San Diego State University where he received team MVP honors all four years. He was named a two-time First-Team All-American for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, led the nation in kills per game, and had an NCAA record 56 kills in one match. Prior to his AVP debut, Hyden had an outstanding indoor career as a member of the United States National Team from 1995-2000. He was an outside hitter on the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Teams and in 1996 was named tournament MVP.
Hyden made his AVP main draw debut in 2002 at Hermosa Beach, CA. During his career, Hyden has earned eight AVP tour victories. He was named the AVP Best Defensive Player in 2009 and once again in 2013 at the age of 40. Hyden had a strong showing during the 2013 Tour, ending the year with four top-3 finishes and six top-5 finishes. During his career, Hyden has had 13 different partners, six of which he played with on his two Olympic teams.
2014: John Hyden tied for 3rd at the AVP St. Petersburg Open with partner Tri Bourne.
2015: Hyden and Bourne played in four AVP events, advancing to the semifinals each time. The duo placed third then second before winning the last two events. Hyden ended the year sixth in hitting percentage (.450) and sixth in digs per set (4.84). Hyden and Bourne competed in nine FIVB events together, with a best of fifth three times.