Memphis Redbirds strength and conditioning coach Kevin Hyde is returning to his old roots as the Oklahoma City Dodgers host the Redbirds this weekend.
The former Westmoore and Southwestern Oklahoma State baseball standout has had an interesting path to Memphis.
He served as a volunteer assistant on the San Antonio Spurs conditioning staff in the summer of 2010. It was there that he first learned how to work with professional athletes, a skill he took with him to SWOSU the next five years before joining Memphis.
He talked with The Oklahoman about the transition from college to the professional ranks and more.
Q: How would you describe your experience as the strength and conditioning coach at SWOSU?
PLAYER OF THE YEAR COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: Zangari followed the footsteps of some great Carl Albert players, becoming the team leader during a state runner-up finish. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs, including a masterful state tournament that saw three homers. He had signed with Oklahoma State, but instead has chosen to begin his professional career with the Chicago White Sox.
HUNTER SOUTHERLAND, WESTMOORE
The story: The Oklahoma signee was a steady presence for Westmoore’s Class 6A state runner-up finish. He hit .379 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs. He was his best late in the season, hitting two homers in regionals and one in the state quarterfinals.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT
Position: First base
The story: Zangari put on a power display with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs while leading Carl Albert to a Class 5A state runner-up finish that was highlighted by three homers — two of which were grand slams — in the state tournament. The Oklahoma State signee was drafted in the sixth round