SBD/Issue 236/Sports Industrialists
Univ. of Akron Officially Announces Tom Wistrcill As New AD
Published August 26, 2009
|Wistrcill Will Begin His Duties At
UA In Second Half Of September
WHY NOT LOOK INSIDE? In Akron, Patrick McManamon questions whys UA Exec Senior Associate AD HUNTER YURACHEK was passed over for the AD position, noting the “message is confusing.” Yurachek has "done an excellent job" and he is "respected by the coaches at UA, liked by his peers and employees, and known in the community." Also, like Wistrcill, Yurachek is 39 years old and "has 17 years experience in intercollegiate athletics." McManamon: "Wouldn't it make sense that the university would want to promote its own, especially one who wants to put down roots in the area?" However, UA President LUIS PROENZA "cited several factors in hiring Wistrcill." Proenza: "The range of Tom's experience. The breadth as we say." McManamon noted UA used Dallas-based Eastman & Beaudine Inc. to conduct its AD search (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 8/26).