Hunter Yurachek, the current University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, has helped create the atmosphere of sports at the U of A that fans know and love.
In March of this year, Yurachek was named a 2021-2022 Football Bowl Subdivision Cushman & Wakefield Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). In June, Yurachek was formally recognized during NACDA’s 57th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, among three additional FBS honorees.
In an earlier news release from the U of A, Charles Robinson, the interim chancellor, spoke of how much Yurachek has given to the program.
“Hunter is very deserving of this recognition. During his five years as vice chancellor and director of athletics, Hunter has guided the Razorback program to new heights. Under his leadership, our student-athletes have set new records, won NCAA titles and SEC Championships and posted one of the most successful sports years in Razorback history,” Robinson said. “Even more importantly, Hunter has consistently prioritized the academic goals of our Razorback student-athletes, who have held a collective 3.25 GPA during his tenure. Preparing students for success both on the field and in the classroom is a foundational part of directing a top-notch athletic program, and Hunter has done a wonderful job of establishing a strong culture of student success.”
Yurachek, according to a news release, signed an agreement that extended his tenure at the university through at least Jun 30, 2027. As a finalist for the Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year, Yurachek has accomplished several notable things in his time in Fayetteville.
“While I am humbled to be recognized by my peers with this award, the success of our program is truly a tribute to our remarkable student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as the extraordinary support of our Razorback Foundation members and fans,” Yurachek said in an earlier news release. “By embracing a shared commitment to our mission of developing champions and Razorbacks for Life, we have provided our program the opportunity to achieve record-breaking athletics success while also adding more than 100 student-athletes a year to Senior Walk, as graduates of the U of A. I am grateful for the continued support of Dr. Don Bobbitt, Dr. Charles Robinson and all those who help lead our institution. It is an honor to be your Director of Athletics and I look forward to the amazing things still to come for the University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics.”
Yurachek reiterated how much the support of everyone to the Arkansas Razorbacks means to the U of A, and himself personally on the Sept. 19 meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
This past week, the Razorback football team moved up to ranking No. 10 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, after beating Missouri State 38-27. This rankings slo comes in with the team’s No. 10 ranking in the AP Top 25.
Overall, Razorback Athletics are well respected under Yurachek’s leadership, with the Athletics department as a whole ranked as No. 7 in the Learfield Directors Cup. Razorback rankings by sport are as follow:
- Football – No. 10 by AP, No. 11 by USA Today/AFCA Coaches
- Men’s Cross Country – No. 14 by USTFCCCA
- Women’s Cross Country – No. 9 by USTFCCCA
- Volleyball – No. 24 by AVCA Coaches
- Men’s Golf – No. 14 by GCAA Coaches Poll & Golfweek
- Women’s Golf – No. 18 by Golfweek, No. 20 by Golfstat and No. 22 by WGCA Coaches Poll
- Men’s Basketball – No. 1 by ESPN in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 Basketball Rankings.
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