Derek Hyde-Lay was a fixture at Shawnigan Lake School for almost 50 years. He brought his love for rugby to British Columbia after playing with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, where he was part of the D-Day invasion force in June, 1944. Though he coached the first XV rugby team at Shawnigan Lake from 1948 to 1998, while he was on the staff as a teacher, he also coached track and field at the school.
Considered an excellent player for the Vancouver Rowing Club, Vancouver, Oak Bay Wanderers, and the Victoria Crimson Tide, he was also one of the founders of the Cowichan Rugby Club for whom he also played and coached.
As a young man he was more than competent in several back positions but ended his playing career in the front row.
Derek organized the fall BC Secondary Schools championship during the BC ferry strike in 1977, was an assistant coach and manager of the Victoria Crimson Tide in the late 1980's and ended his teaching career as Headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School, where the Pavilion is named after him.
Most certainly his influence at Shawnigan Lake School was immense but anyone who had ever met Derek came away with the feeling that you had met a very special man. For not only had he taught four generations of school and club rugby players but he also percolated a love for the game, optimism, wisdom and the importance of values in the classroom, on the rugby field and in the family.