Nov. 30, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo has named Hunter Yurachek as the new Director of Athletics, announced today (Nov. 30). Yurachek will take over in January and replaces Warren “Moose” Koegel, who is moving into a fundraising role at the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, which directly supports Coastal Carolina Athletics.
“First I would like to thank Dr. DeCenzo and (search committee chair) Charles Hodge for the confidence they have shown in me to lead the Coastal Carolina University Athletics Department.” Yurachek said. “I believe Coastal Carolina is a rising star in college athletics and my family can not wait to become a part of the Conway and Myrtle Beach communities. Most importantly, I can not wait to become a part of the Chanticleer family, be involved in the lives of the student-athletes and work with the coaches and staff. This is where I want to be for a long time and I will do whatever I can to see this department and University reach all of its goals.”
“I want to thank the Search Committee for bringing forth two great candidates,” DeCenzo said. “After a lot of careful consideration, I felt the best person at this time to lead Coastal Athletics was Hunter Yurachek. He brings vision, a wealth of athletic knowledge, and enthusiasm, to our campus. I look forward to welcoming him to our great Coastal Carolina family as we move athletics to greater accomplishments in the years ahead.”
Yurachek has spent the last three-and-a-half years at the University of Akron, serving the last two as executive senior associate athletics director. In that role, he led and managed the Zips’ external relations unit, which includes marketing and promotions, media relations, ticket operations, development (Z-Fund), video operations and merchandising. In addition to those tasks, he was the sport administrator for men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf, including hiring golf coaches Nick Goetze and Jenny King, as well as working closely with the football program.
Most recently, Yurachek was instrumental in the addition of the 30,000-seat InfoCision Stadium on Akron’s campus. He co-chaired a subcommittee that oversaw the financing and assisted in the selling of the stadium and field naming rights for a combined $15 million. He also brought in another $1.2 million in naming rights for other areas of the facility that opened this season to rave reviews.
Yurachek also worked closely with ISP - which handles the athletic program’s radio network, sponsorships and advertising. Yurachek helped increase Akron’s sponsorship past the $500,000 mark two years ago, the first time that occurred in the program’s history. In addition, the amount of gifts increased 75 percent and the monetary portion increased 38 percent during the 2008-09 school year.
Prior to his time Akron, the 41-year-old Yurachek spent two years (2004-06) as the associate athletics director for marketing at the University of Virginia. He spent four years (2001-04) as senior associate athletics director at Western Carolina University and two years at Vanderbilt University (1998-2000) as an assistant athletics director and director of marketing and promotions. The native of Charlotte, N.C., began his career in athletics administration at Wake Forest University (1994-98) as the assistant director of marketing and promotions.
A native of Richmond, Va., Yurachek grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and eventually earned his bachelor’s in business management at Guilford College in 1990, where he was a four-year letterwinner in the basketball program. He then followed that with his master’s in sports administration from the University of Richmond in 1994.
Yurachek is a member of he National Association of Collegiate Athletic directors and National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators, as well as being involved in numerous community service activities. He and wife Jennifer have three sons, Ryan (13), Jake (9) and Brooks (4).
Yurachek will be introduced to the University community and media at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in Coastal Carolina University’s Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Recital Hall.