Former Guilford College Quaker hits the Big Time:Hunter Yuracheck named the AD at Arkansas after moving over from Houston

Posted by Andy Durham on December 6, 2017 at 11:08 am under College | Comments are off for this article

*****Former Guilford College Quaker basketball player Hunter Yuracheck has been named the Athletic Director at Arkansas and this takes Hunter from Guilford College basketball, to Coastal Carolina, to Houston and now on to Arkansas, where he is now the top name in the Arkansas Razorbacks’ athletic programs…..Hunter has been rewarded with a five-year contract worth $850,000 annually….Hunter Yuracheck, a former Guilford College Quaker has hit the big time and we wish him well and we knew and remember him from back when he and his old buddy Mike Waddell roamed the campus at Guilford College, on West Friendly Avenue and New Garden Road, here in Greensboro……*****
(This says a lot for the Guilford College sports management program, which Herb Appenzeller headed up for many years at Guilford.)

from YAHOO! Sports at www.yahoo.com……

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Arkansas ended its nearly three-week search for an athletic director Monday by naming Houston’s Hunter Yurachek as the replacement for Jeff Long.

Yurachek signed a five-year contract worth $850,000 annually after earning a base salary of $450,000 as athletic director at Houston.

”The opportunity to serve the Razorback program is both humbling and exciting,” Yurachek said. ”There is so much already in place, and we will quickly build on that foundation to win championships. We will do so with integrity and while continuing to be a great source of pride for the entire state of Arkansas.”

Yurachek led Houston for nearly three years after serving as athletic director at Coastal Carolina. He previously worked at Akron and played basketball at Guilford College, where he graduated from in 1990.

Under Yurachek and former football coach Tom Herman, Houston went 13-1 in 2015 and 9-4 in 2016 before Herman left for Texas. Yurachek hired Major Applewhite as coach after last season, and Houston was 7-4 this season in Applewhite’s first year.

”Hunter has helped us build on our nationally competitive athletics program on the field, in the classroom and by adding to our first class facilities and I wish him well,” Houston President Renu Khator said. ”The University of Houston remains committed to our winning tradition, and we will immediately begin the search for a leader who shares our desire to compete for championships at the highest level.”

”I am thrilled to welcome Hunter to the Razorback family,” Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz. ”He possesses the experience, the management skills and the passion to have an immediate impact on our university.”

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+++++A little bit more on Hunter Yuracheck from the Coastal Carolina athletics web site where he became AD in 2010….+++++

Prior to his appointment at Coastal Carolina University, Yurachek was executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Akron. He led and managed the Zips’ external relations unit, which included marketing and promotions, media relations, ticket operations, development (Z-Fund), video operations and merchandising. In addition, he was the sport administrator for men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf, and he worked closely with the football program.

Yurachek has also held various athletics administration leadership positions at the University of Virginia, Western Carolina University, Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Guilford College in 1990, where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Richmond in 1994.

A native of Richmond, Va., Yurachek grew up in Charlotte, N.C. He and his wife Jennifer have three sons: Ryan, Jake and Brooks.


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