Dick Trachok shifted his career to athletic administration at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1969 when he took over the position of Athletic Director from Jake Lawlor. He served as Athletic Director until he retired in 1986.
In this clip, Trachok talks about taking over the position from Jake Lawlor and what Lawlor was like as a leader and mentor.
One of the main duties of his job was to manage the budgets for the athletic programs. Trachok was responsible for finding the players enough money to attend school, making sure the teams had enough money for equipment and traveling for competitions, and financing the upkeep of the athletic facilities. In the following clips, he talks about managing the budgets, funding facility maintenance, and fundraising functions and booster clubs.
Trachok oversaw the athletics department before Title IX opened the way for women’s sports. In the following clips, he discusses pre-Title IX women’s athletics at the University of Nevada.
During his time as Athletic Director, the University of Nevada, Reno’s football team moved from Division 2 to Division 1 in the West Coast Conference. Here Trachok talks about the Division 1 experience and the challenges it brought.
Trachok founded the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973 and was inducted into it in 1975. In the following clip he talks about how and why he started the Hall of Fame, some of the women and men who were inducted, and what it was like to be inducted himself.
In this clip, Trachok discusses his decision to move the University of Nevada, Reno athletic program to the Big Sky Conference and the successes the teams enjoyed at that time.
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