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Hunter Yurachek has been director of athletics at Coastal Carolina University since January 2010.
The Chanticleers participate in the NCAA Division I with 18 men's and women's teams. Women's lacrosse is the newest team and begins play in 2012-13. The university is a founding member of the Big South Conference.
Under Yurachek's leadership, the Chanticleers have won 17 Big South Regular Season or Tournament championships. Of the university's 91 total NCAA appearances since 1992, 21 have been under Yurachek's watch. The university was selected to serve as the host site for two Regional and one Super Regional NCAA Baseball championships, and won 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.
In addition, since January 2010:
Five student-athletes have been named to their respective Academic All-America teams
Fifteen student-athletes have been named to their respective All-American teams
Five Chanticleers have been named Big South Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports
A Chanticleer received the Big South Conference's prestigious Christenberry Award for academic excellence
Seven student-athletes have been named Big South Athletes of the Year in their respective sports
Six head coaches have been named Big South Coach of the Year in their respective sports
The University has been ranked as high as 69th among NCAA Division I universities in the National Collegiate Scouting Association's 2011 Collegiate Power Rankings, based on the university's academic and athletics standards.
Coastal Carolina was ranked as high as 106th among 267 Division I schools in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup, based on broad-based programs and success in men's and women's sports.
Since 2010, the Department of Athletics has 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.
Also during Yurachek's tenure, several major projects that support intercollegiate athletics have been included in the University's more than $250 million in ongoing capital improvements across the campus. The Student Recreation and Convocation Center opened in 2012 and is the new home for men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball. In addition, Adkins Field House, the Baseball/Softball Hitting Facility, the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center, and the Richard M. Ward MD Sports Performance Center have been completed and dedicated. Yurachek is actively involved in the planning of a 12-court tennis facility to open in Spring 2013 and a baseball/softball complex to open in 2014.
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.
As of June 1, 2012