Yurachek family celebrates major week for father, son

The father-son tandem of Hunter and Ryan Yurachek left the Grand Strand four years ago for bigger and better things, and both reached new heights over the past week.

Hunter Yurachek, who served as the athletics director at Coastal Carolina University from 2010-14, was named the AD at the University of Arkansas after holding the same post at the University of Houston in the interim. During his tenure at CCU, the Chanticleers won a total of 29 Big South Championships (both regular season and tournament championships), and made 30 NCAA appearances.

Yurachek replaces Jeff Long, who was fired by Arkansas last month. Yurachek’s first priority with the Razorbacks will be hiring a new football coach after the firing Bret Bielema. Yurachek was at CCU when the school fired inaugural football coach David Bennett and replaced him with Joe Moglia.

“The opportunity to serve the Razorback program is both humbling and exciting,” Yurachek said at Monday’s press conference. “There is so much already in place, and we will quickly build on that foundation to win championships. We will do so with integrity and while continuing to be a great source of pride for the entire state of Arkansas.”

Meanwhile, son Ryan Yurachek celebrated Senior Day following an impressive college career at Marshall University, where he will graduate a semester early next week. Not only did he help the Thundering Herd secure a spot in the New Mexico Bowl, but he also made the Conference USA All-Academic Team.

The senior tight end, who starred at Carolina Forest, has a 3.52 grade-point average as a marketing major. In 50 career games, Yurachek caught 136 passes for 1,294 yards with 25 touchdowns. He is expected to have NFL opportunities in his future.

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