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Hunter Yurachek
Hunter  Yurachek

Position:
Vice President for Athletics

Alma Mater:
Guilford College '90


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Hunter Yurachek was named Vice President of Athletics at the University of Houston on April 28, 2015. Yurachek joined the University of Houston Athletics Department as the Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Athletics in February of 2014.

In his role at Houston, Yurachek oversees an NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports program comprising of 17 varsity sports programs, 425 student-athletes, 175 employees and a $45 million operational budget.

In his first year in the role, Houston recorded its highest finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup since 1999-2000 and its second-highest finish in school history with 296.5 points to finish 73rd nationally.

The 2015-16 academic year saw the Houston Football program capture The American Athletic Conference Championship and a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Florida State, the Houston Men's Track & Field program win The American Indoor and Outdoor Championships and the Houston Women's Golf program claim an American Championship in only its second year with a full team. In addition, the Men's Basketball program returned to the NCAA postseason for the 29th time in program history and the Men's Golf program advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year.

All of the athletic achievements occurred while UH student-athletes recorded the second-best fall GPA, 2.91, and second-best spring GPA, 2.87, in athletic department history while placing a record 88 student-athletes on the University's Dean's Honor List in the spring.

Yurachek led the Houston Athletics fundraising charge with a record amount $5.2 million in private donations to the Athletics general scholarship fund in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Focused on improving the student-athlete experience, Yurachek has also led a department that unveiled the completed Guy V. Lewis Development Center for the Houston Men's and Women's Basketball programs, Carolyn and Ron Yokubaitis Field at Carl Lewis International Track & Field Complex, one of the nation's largest collegiate baseball video boards, a renovated Houston Football locker room and a short game facility for the Houston Men's and Women's Golf programs. Renovations are also ongoing for Houston Basketball Arena while construction has begun on a Baseball Player Development Center and Clubhouse in addition to the impending construction of a Houston Football Indoor Facility.

Named by Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator as Chair for a campus-wide steering committee established to oversee the grand opening events for the $128 million TDECU Stadium, Yurachek assisted in the cultivation, solicitation and securing of a 10-year, $15 million-naming rights agreement for TDECU Stadium with the per year value currently ranking in the top ten nationally for collegiate venue naming rights agreements.

Yurachek was instrumental in the national search and hiring of football and men and women’s basketball head coaches (Tom Herman, Kelvin Sampson, Ronald Hughey) while overseeing the development and implementation of a $500,000 remodeling project to the men and women’s basketball locker rooms.

He served as liaison with an architectural design firm on the plans for the $25-million Houston Basketball Development facility as well as overseeing the development and implementation of a $500,000 facility enhancement to the Athletics/Alumni Center, including the addition of Cougar Cafe, a student-athlete nutrition center.

Yurachek came to Houston after serving four years as Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University where he oversaw a department featuring 18 men's and women's NCAA Division I sport programs. A testament of his vision, Yurachek was named the 2014 Under Armour FCS Athletic Director of the Year in May of 2014.

Under Yurachek's leadership, the Chanticleers won a total of 29 Big South Championships (both regular season and tournament championships), made 30 NCAA appearances and finished a program-best 79th in the 2012-13 Learfield Director's Cup.

During Yurachek's time of leadership, Coastal hosted an NCAA Baseball Regional; NCAA Baseball Super Regional; NCAA Division I Football championship contests in 2010 and '13; and NCAA Men's Soccer Championship matches in 2011, '12 and '13, as well as winning a competitive bid to host the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Men's and Women's Big South Basketball Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015, sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted a 3.028 grade point average (GPA) for the fall 2013 semester and saw its overall GPA rise from 3.053 to 3.108. Of the 434 student-athletes, 253 - or 58.3 percent - posted a GPA between 4.0 and 3.0, including 28 who earned President's List (4.0 GPA for the semester) and an additional 117 who earned Dean's List recognition. Further breakdown shows that 125 of the 175 women student-athletes (71.4 percent) posted a GPA between 4.0 and 3.0, while 128 of the 259 men (49.4 percent) accomplished the feat.

In addition, since Yurachek's hiring in January 2010, Coastal Carolina student-athletes earned:

• 363 All-Big South honors
• 31 All-Big South Player of the Year honors along with 13 Big South Freshman of the Year honors
• 28 All-America honors
• 11 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in their respective sports
• 5 Academic All-America honors
• 4 national postgraduate scholarships
• 3 Big South Conference Christenberry Awards for Academic Excellence

With all the success, the Coastal Carolina department operated within a balanced budget during Yurachek's tenure, thanks to his zero-budget initiative and the unprecedented revenues generated since his arrival with his restructuring of the external relations department. In his first year, the department revenue was at $560,000, including $316,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships at $250,000. After the 2012-13 year, revenue came in at $1.4 million, thanks to $549,000 in ticket sales and $600,000 in sponsorships.

Since 2010, the Department of Athletics added women's lacrosse; launched Champions for Life, a life skills enhancement program for student-athletes; signed a five-year $1.1 million contract with an athletic apparel provider; established the Letterwinners Association; successfully completed NCAA Cycle 3 Recertification; and has been featured on the front page of the sports section of USA Today with the headline reading "Coastal Carolina Piles up Sports Success."

Also during Yurachek's tenure, several major projects that supported intercollegiate athletics totaling more than $250 million were included in the University's in ongoing capital improvements across the campus.

The HTC Center opened in 2012 and is the home for Coastal Carolina's men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball programs - as well as the three-year home to the Big South Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. In addition, Adkins Field House, the Boni Belle Baseball/Softball Hitting & Practice Facility, the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center and the Richard M. Ward MD Sports Performance Center were completed and dedicated while the $10.2 million Baseball/Softball complex will be completed in 2014. Yurachek also secured a 12-court tennis facility and a student-athlete training table facility.

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 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 and his wife Jennifer have three sons; Ryan, a tight end for the Marshall Football program, Jake and Brooks.

East Carolina
East Carolina
Hofheinz Pavilion
2:00 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
02/25/17
Illinois
vs Illinois
Corpus Christi, Texas (Whataburger Field)
2:00 PM
GameTracker
02/25/17
Oregon State
vs Oregon State
Palm Springs, Calif.
2:30 PM
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02/25/17
Purdue
vs Purdue
Palm Springs, Calif.
5:00 PM
GameTracker
02/25/17
vs The American Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Ala.
All Day
02/26/17
Memphis
at Memphis
Memphis, Tenn.
4:00 PM
Audio
02/26/17
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas (Whataburger Field)
3:00 PM
GameTracker
02/26/17
Northwestern
vs Northwestern
Palm Springs, Calif.
11:00 AM
GameTracker
02/26/17
Oregon
at Oregon
Eugene, Ore.
11:00 AM
02/26/17
vs Querencia Cabo Collegiate
San Jose, Cabo, Mexico (Querencia Golf Club)
All Day
02/26/17
vs Last Chance Meet
Austin, Texas
All Day
SMU
at SMU
Dallas, Texas
7:00 PM
02/27/17
The Dickson
The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands Country Club)
All Day
02/27/17
vs Querencia Cabo Collegiate
San Jose, Cabo, Mexico (Querencia Golf Club)
All Day
02/28/17
UT Rio Grande Valley
UT Rio Grande Valley
DARRYL & LORI SCHROEDER PARK
6:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
02/28/17
vs Querencia Cabo Collegiate
San Jose, Cabo, Mexico (Querencia Golf Club)
TBA
02/28/17
The Dickson
The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands Country Club)
All Day
03/01/17
Texas A&M
at Texas A&M
College Station, Texas
6:30 PM
03/02/17
Cincinnati
at Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
6:00 PM
GameTracker Audio
03/02/17
vs Arena Pro Swim Series
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
vs American Championship First Round
Hartford, Conn.
TBA
03/03/17
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton
DARRYL & LORI SCHROEDER PARK
6:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/03/17
Princeton
Princeton
Cougar Softball Stadium
4:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/03/17
Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State
Cougar Softball Stadium
7:00 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/03/17
Kansas State
at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kan.
1:00 PM
03/03/17
vs Arena Pro Swim Series
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
vs American Championship Quarterfinals
Hartford, Conn.
TBA
03/04/17
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton
DARRYL & LORI SCHROEDER PARK
6:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/04/17
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Cougar Softball Stadium
4:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/04/17
ULM
ULM
Cougar Softball Stadium
7:00 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/04/17
Nebraska
at Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb.
11:00 AM
03/04/17
Illinois State
vs Illinois State
Lincoln, Neb.
4:00 PM
03/05/17
East Carolina
East Carolina
Hofheinz Pavilion
3:00 PM
GameTracker Audio Tickets
vs American Championship Semifinals
Hartford, Conn.
TBA
03/05/17
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton
DARRYL & LORI SCHROEDER PARK
1:00 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/05/17
Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State
Cougar Softball Stadium
12:00 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
vs American Championship Game
Hartford, Conn.
TBA
03/06/17
vs Day 1
Columbia, Mo.
All Day
03/07/17
Georgetown
Georgetown
Cougar Softball Stadium
5:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/07/17
vs Day 2
Columbia, Mo.
All Day
03/08/17
Prairie View A&M
Prairie View A&M
DARRYL & LORI SCHROEDER PARK
6:30 PM
GameTracker Video Tickets
03/08/17
vs Day 3
Columbia, Mo.
All Day
03/09/17
vs TBD
Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
TBA
03/10/17
vs TBD
Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
TBA
03/10/17
Baylor
at Baylor
Waco, Texas
6:35 PM
03/10/17
UConn
at UConn
East Hartford, Conn.
11:30 AM
03/10/17
vs Border Olympics
Laredo, Texas (Laredo Country Club)
All Day
03/10/17
vs NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas
All Day
03/10/17
vs MountainView Collegiate
Tucson, Ariz. (MountainView Golf Club)
All Day
03/11/17
vs TBD
Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
TBA
03/11/17
Baylor
at Baylor
Waco, Texas
3:05 PM
03/11/17
vs MountainView Collegiate
Tucson, Ariz. (MountainView Golf Club)
All Day
03/11/17
vs NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas
All Day
03/11/17
vs Border Olympics
Laredo, Texas (Laredo Country Club)
All Day
03/12/17
vs TBD
Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
TBA
03/12/17
Baylor
at Baylor
Waco, Texas
1:05 PM
03/12/17
vs MountainView Collegiate
Tucson, Ariz. (MountainView Golf Club)
All Day
03/14/17
vs TBD
Dayton Ohio
TBA
03/14/17
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility
1:00 PM
03/15/17
vs TBD
Dayton, Ohio
TBA
03/15/17
vs Day 1
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
03/16/17
vs TBD
TBA
TBA
03/16/17
Cougar Spring Break Invitational
Houston, Texas
All Day
03/16/17
vs Day 2
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
03/17/17
vs Day 3
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
03/17/17
vs Clover Cup
Mesa, Ariz. (Longbow Golf Club)
All Day
03/18/17
Memphis
Memphis
Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility
12:00 PM
03/18/17
vs Clover Cup
Mesa, Ariz. (Longbow Golf Club)
All Day
03/18/17
vs Day 4
Indianapolis, Ind.
All Day
03/19/17
vs Valspar Intercollegiate
Palm City, Fla. (Floridian Golf Club)
All Day
03/19/17
at Clover Cup
Mesa, Ariz. (Longbow Golf Club)
All Day
03/20/17
vs Valspar Intercollegiate
Palm City, Fla. (Floridian Golf Club)
All Day
03/21/17
vs Valspar Intercollegiate
Palm City, Fla. (Floridian Golf Club)
All Day
03/23/17
Utah
at Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
2:30 PM
03/24/17
Victor Lopez Classic
at Victor Lopez Classic
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
03/25/17
BYU
at BYU
Provo, Utah
1:00 PM
03/25/17
Victor Lopez Classic
vs Victor Lopez Classic
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
03/26/17
at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
Awendaw, S.C. (Bulls Bay Golf Club)
All Day
03/27/17
at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
Awendaw, S.C. (Bulls Bay Golf Club)
All Day
03/29/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/30/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/31/17
at Clemson Invitational
Sunset, S.C. (The Reserve at Lake Keowee)
All Day
03/31/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/01/17
at Clemson Invitational
Sunset, S.C. (The Reserve at Lake Keowee)
All Day
04/01/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/02/17
Lamar
Lamar
Houston Country Club
1:00 PM
09/02/17
UTSA
at UTSA
San Antonio, Texas
TBA
Tickets
09/09/17
Arizona
at Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.
TBA
Tickets
09/16/17
Rice
Rice
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
09/23/17
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
09/30/17
Temple
at Temple
Philadelphia, Pa.
TBA
Tickets

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