Coastal Carolina

Former Coastal Carolina athletic director Yurachek accepts an AD job in the SEC

After nearly four years at the University of Houston, including the past 2  1/2 years as athletic director, former Coastal Carolina AD Hunter Yurachek has been named the AD at Arkansas.

The Razorbacks introduced Yurachek as the new leader of their athletics department on Monday. Yurachek replaces Jeff Long, who was fired Nov. 15, and jumps right into a football coach search.

The Razorbacks fired Bret Bielema on Nov. 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017 that included a one-point comeback win at home over Coastal.

Yurachek signed a five-year contract with the Southeastern Conference school that is worth $850,000 per year and includes a $200,000 signing bonus. According to the Houston Chronicle, Yurachek was under contract at Houston through 2021 at a salary of $450,000. He will owe Houston $350,000 to break his contract, which will be paid by Arkansas.

“The opportunity to serve the Razorback program is both humbling and exciting,” Yurachek said in a release. “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. I want to thank Chancellor [Joseph] Steinmetz and those involved with the search process. Jennifer, myself and our family cannot wait to join the Arkansas Razorback family.”

During the 2016-17 academic year, 11 of Houston’s 17 varsity sports programs qualified for NCAA postseason competition. Houston teams won five American Athletic Conference championships and 21 individual conference titles.

Coastal won 29 Big South Conference championships during Yurachek’s tenure and he was named Under Armor FCS Athletic Director of the Year in 2014.

Yurachek was at Coastal Carolina for four years through Feb. 20, 2014 before accepting the jobs of associate vice president and chief operating officer for Houston athletics, and he was promoted to Houston AD in April 2015.

A search firm, DHR International, is reportedly helping in Arkansas' efforts to replace Bielema.

Yurachek oversaw a football coaching search last December that resulted in the Cougars replacing Tom Herman, who left for Texas, with the promotion of offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to head coach.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin