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Placer High Athletic Hall of Fame: Ron Hyatt was a stellar student and coach

By: Jeremy McDonald for the Auburn Journal
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Placer High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Who: Seven athletes, four coaches, the 1990 Placer girls basketball team and two staff members will be honored in the Hall of Fame ceremony.

When: The event is scheduled for a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. induction May 2 at Earl Crabbe Gym

Tickets: Reception admission is just $15. Induction is free to attend. Tickets can be purchased at Placer High.

First Induction Class

Athletes

Ola Lee Murchison (multiple sports)

Ron Hyatt (track)

Gary Anderson (wrestling, football)

Bernhard Peat (multiple sports)

Jeff Blauser (football, baseball)

Stacy Dragila (track)

Lindsay Hyatt (track, cross-country)

Coaches

Earl Crabbe (multiple sports)

Ralph LeFebvre (track, basketball)

Tom Barry (basketball)

Bill Miller (football, girls’ tennis)

Team

1990 Girls Basketball Team (state champions)

Staff/Community Members

Jug Covich (principal)

Bob Burge (public address announcer)

A star athlete and an accomplished coach, Ron Hyatt made for an easy selection into the inaugural class of the Placer High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

As a senior in 1972, Hyatt finished fifth in the California Interscholastic Federation Championships in the 800-yard dash with a time of 1 minute, 52.1 seconds. His 800 mark and the 4:14 personal best he achieved in the 1600 still stand as school records to this day.

He will be honored May 2 at Earl Crabbe Gymnasium.

“Being inducted into the Placer High School Hall of Fame is quite humbling,” Hyatt said.  “My love of running started at PHS and after 37 years of teaching/coaching, I culminated my career at Placer.

“I am extremely honored when I see the list of other inductees. Both Coach Barry and Coach Miller set the bar extremely high for my coaching career. Mr. Jug Covich was a mentor for all of us and was a huge contributor to all of the great coaches at Placer High School.”

Between 1968 and 1972, Hyatt was coached by Ralph LeFebvre and Terry Moss, who taught him the importance of hard work and self confidence.

“They each spent endless hours working with me and my fellow athletes to help us reach beyond our goals,” he said of the coaches.

At Indiana University, Hyatt was also coached by the legendary Sam Bell, and aided four Big 10 Championship teams, twice qualifying for the indoor NCAA Championships in the 800. He was also fourth in the Big 10 Indoor Championships in 1976.

After graduating with a degree in physical education, Hyatt landed back in Auburn.

“I was fortunate to return to my alma mater,” Hyatt said. “I was ecstatic to learn I would be an assistant coach to my former high school coach, Terry Moss. He set the stage for my coaching successes.”

Hyatt’s coaching goal was to work with his athletes on a personal level and help them set realistic goals in their four years at Placer.

“Many knew they wouldn’t compete after high school, but I wanted to have them experience success during four years at Placer,” Hyatt said. “As much as coaching them on the track, I wanted them to learn the skill set and teamwork to be successful as an adult.”

Having since retired from running and retired from his beloved green and gold, Hyatt enjoys his family and being active with biking and hiking.

“My son is a competitive cyclist, so my wife and I enjoy traveling to the East Coast to watch him race,” he said. “My grandchildren, Cooper (7) and Addison (2), are very active, so hopefully the whistle and stopwatch will once again make their way to the finish line.”