Big change at Evergreen football

Hyde is out after four years as head coach

Terry Hyde said he needs to take care of himself, and he wants to take care of the Evergreen High School football program.

After four seasons, Hyde is out as the head coach of the program, and he is willing to help in any way he can when a new coach is hired.

Terry Hyde is out as the head coach at Evergreen football after four seasons. He said he will do whatever he can to help the program’s transition when the school hires a new coach. Photo by Mike Schultz
Terry Hyde is out as the head coach at Evergreen football after four seasons. He said he will do whatever he can to help the program’s transition when the school hires a new coach. Photo by Mike Schultz

“A new administration is coming in at Evergreen, trying to bring a much needed culture change to this building,” Hyde said. “At the end of the day, if changing a few coaches helps make for a better Evergreen, I’m all for stepping aside for making a smooth, harmonious transition.”

The change could be perfect timing for Hyde, anyway.

Two years ago, he had heart surgery and was back on the field with his players 22 days later. He said he drove himself too hard again in 2018.

“This year took too much out of me,” Hyde said. “The two people who are the happiest that I’m no longer the coach are my wife and my cardiologist. I just did not take care of myself.”

Hyde said he has grandchildren who eventually will be students at Evergreen, and he wants to watch them thrive.

“According to my doctor, if I kept doing what I was doing, I wouldn’t be,” Hyde said.

Keenan Burris, the school’s athletic director, said the position should be posted as soon as today.

“We don’t want to put somebody in a situation where it starts affecting the physical health,” Burris said. “I like Terry. He’s done a great job for us. As a school, we felt like we needed to make a change.”

Hyde said he is proud of his time with the football program. Officials have given Hyde and his staff positive feedback regarding the sportsmanship displayed by the players. Opposing coaches note how the Plainsmen have a better approach to the game.

“When you get those compliments (from coaches), that’s like a bricklayer getting compliments from other bricklayers,” Hyde said. “That’s special.”

Now it is time for the next head coach to take the team the next step.

“The foundation is set. This thing was so broke when we got here,” Hyde said. “I really believe whoever the next guy is, the foundation is here.”

Hyde, who works security at the high school, intends to remain in that position. And if the new head coach is willing to have him, Hyde is open to the possibility of being an assistant with the Plainsmen.

“Whoever comes in will have 100 percent of my support,” Hyde said.

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