Entering his third full year as vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas for the 2020-21 season, Hunter Yurachek has made the most of his time since Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced him as vice chancellor and director of athletics on Dec. 4, 2017.
Yurachek has implemented a program-wide strategic plan that focused on fostering student-athlete success and centered on achieving the program’s mission of building Champions and Razorbacks for Life. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Razorback student-athletes, coaches, administrators, Razorback Foundation members and fans, results are being realized on and off the field.
Razorback Athletics was also at the forefront of several key initiatives in 2019-20. Yurachek was named to the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force, to help guide state reopening in the wake of COVID-19. Yurachek was also added to the NCAA Football Competition Committee. In October, Nolan Richardson Court was dedicated at Bud Walton Arena. The Eddie Sutton Men’s Basketball Practice gymnasium was created at the Basketball Performance Center. Construction continues on a number of facility projects including the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center, Frank O’Mara Track Performance Center and a renovation of the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Yurachek came to Arkansas from the University of Houston where he served as the vice president for athletics. Prior to Houston, Yurachek served as Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University, where Coastal won 29 Big South Conference championships. Yurachek was named Under Armor FCS Athletic Director of the Year in 2014. He has also worked at the University of Akron, 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.
Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Charlotte, N.C., Yurachek, and his wife Jennifer have three sons: Ryan, Jake and Brooks. Ryan is a former Marshall University football student-athlete and is a graduate assistant on the Razorback Football staff. Jake is a redshirt-sophomore football student-athlete at the University of Arkansas. Brooks is a sophomore at Fayetteville High School and is a member of the football and boy’s basketball teams.