Coastal Carolina University Director of Athletics
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Hunter Yurachek is in his fourth year as Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University.
Hunter Yurachek has been director of athletics at Coastal Carolina University since January 2010 and oversees a department featuring 18 men's and women's NCAA Division I sport programs. Since his arrival, the Chanticleers have experienced unprecedented success - on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Coastal Carolina is dedicated to developing "Champions for Life" and becoming the premier NCAA Division I FCS program in the nation.
Under Yurachek's leadership, the Chanticleers have 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. Coastal has hosted an NCAA Baseball Regional; a 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.
In the classroom, Coastal Carolina's student-athletes have seen their cumulative grade point average rise from 2.974 to 3.001, an average 200 student-athletes earn at least a 3.0 GPA each year and, most importantly, 245 student-athletes have earned a Coastal Carolina degree.
In addition, since January 2010, Coastal Carolina student-athletes have 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-American 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 department has 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 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 with the headline reading "Coastal Carolina piles up sports success."
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 HTC Center opened in 2012 and is the new home for men's and women's basketball - as well as the three-year home to the Big South Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and women's volleyball. 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 have been completed and dedicated while the $10.2 million Baseball/Softball complex will be completed in 2014. Yurachek has also secured a 12-court tennis facility, set to open in 2014, and a student-athlete training table facility