John Hyden is a 28-time Open winner, 13 of which were on the AVP, including the coveted Manhattan Beach Open in 2011 and 2012. John played for the Aztecs at San Diego State University and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2010. He then played with the US indoor national team for five years from 1995-2000 and made it to the 1996 & 2000 Olympic Games. After those two Olympic appearances, John made his transition to beach volleyball in 2002. Since switching to beach, John has earned AVP Best Defensive Player in 2009 and 2013 and was AVP’s Team of the Year in 2015 with Tri Bourne. Actually, Hyden had the first 24 of his 26 career victories in team events alongside a partner who was from Hawai’i.
Hyden’s favorite memory in his career was the comeback with Sean Scott in the 2009 AVP Atlanta Open against Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers. Another highlight was winning the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam in 2014 with Tri Bourne, making John the oldest player to win an FIVB Grand Slam. He also holds the record for the oldest player ever to win an AVP event when he won with Theo Brunner in Hermosa Beach in 2018. When John isn’t playing, he is coaching and training at HYDEN BEACH, the premier beach volleyball academy that he and his wife Robyn recently opened in Nashville, TN, or playing various sports with his kids Samantha,14 and Jackson, 7.