La Vega coach: 'Things happening in this nation are unacceptable'

Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 5:15 PM CDT
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As a white head coach of a predominantly black football team, La Vega head coach Don Hyde

last week following the murder of George Floyd, which has led to protests across the country.

"I don't live in our coaches', who are African-American, shoes. I can't understand how they feel about it," Hyde said. "I wanted them to know that I thought it was unacceptable, and things that are happening in this nation are unacceptable. It's time for people like me, and other guys in my position, to speak out against some of the things taking place."

La Vega assistant coach Jermaine Carpenter has known Hyde for 15 years and has always shown support of his players and coaches, regardless of their background.

"I see him on a day-to-day basis working with our kids, and buying them laptops or whatever to make them successful," Carpenter said. "When I tell you he'd give them the clothes off his back to help people of all colors, that's what he does on a day-to-day basis. Our kids see it, our community sees it every day, and our leadership sees it. I've seen it since high school."

Connally's Shane Anderson, Harker Heights' Jerry Edwards and Mart's Kevin Hoffman were some other central Texas coaches to also speak out against racism this past week.

"If you see something that's wrong, then you should speak out on it, regardless of what it is," Hyde said. "I don't care if it's La Vega or elsewhere. I think as high school coaches that we have an obligation to not only the kids we coach, but the sport we love, to speak out against things that aren't right."

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