Yamanaka Rejoins AD on Full-time Basis

EUGENE – Herb Yamanaka, who was instrumental in cultivating the relationships that contributed to the construction of the University of Oregon's Len Casanova Center, the Ed Moshofsky Indoor Sports Center and the expansion of Autzen Stadium, will return to full-time status as the athletic department's associate athletics director, according to the university's Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

Yamanaka, who began his post-graduate involvement with his alma mater in the areas of tickets, food services and event management in 1960, has worked in the arenas of development and fund-raising for the school since 1983. He headed the athletic department's fund-raising efforts from 1993 until reducing his workload to part time during the winter of 2002. Since then, he has remained in an active role of the Ducks' financial development and endowment cultivation, and has played a vital part in the athletic department's continued facility enhancements.

"I am thrilled that Herb has accepted my invitation to return to full-time status with Oregon athletics, " Moos said. "I know of no one who has more respect and admiration from the U of O faithful than him. Herb's experience in fund-raising along with the many relationships he has developed over the years will be most beneficial in securing major gifts and providing stewardship for those who are supporting our program."

Included among his original responsibilities was involvement with the organization of Olympic track and field trials at Hayward Field in 1972, 1976 and 1980, hosting of numerous NCAA track and field championships and heading arrangements for a trio of football bowl trips in 1989, 1990 and 1992.

No greater involvement was his role in the construction of the Autzen Stadium corporate sky boxes in 1988, as well as the 1991 completion of the Casanova Center office, football locker room and weight room complex, which has served as the cornerstone for more than $160 million in facility improvements since 1995.

The 71-year-old Hawaii native began his association with the university as a student in 1952 before graduating with a degree in biology in 1956. He was elevated to the position of assistant athletics director in 1979 and associate athletics director in 1993.

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