He was born in Hungary and swam for the University of Michigan from 1958-1962.
Urbanchek's first job was as a health teacher and very successful swimming and water polo coach at Anaheim High School. He coached highly successful teams in both water polo and swimming. In 1978, Urbanchek became the head coach at Long Beach State for five years. He not only coached highly successful pool swimmers, but also open water swimmers and water polo players. Beginning in 1982, he was responsible for the renaissance of the University of Michigan men's swimming program. After retiring from the University, Urbanchek continued to coach the club team, Club Wolverine. Urbanchek currently resides in Fullerton, California where he coaches several world-class swimmers in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.