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Alfred U’s Yunevich – Makes It Into Indiana Hall Of Fame

June 13, 2022

Purdue University graduate and football standout as well as Saxon football coaching icon, Alex Yunevich, was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 12, hosted by his alum school.

David Snyder, the Public Services Coordinator for Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University and longtime Saxon football supporter was the nominator for Coach “Yuni”, as he was known as to his players and staff during his total of 39 seasons of coaching collegiate football. On Sunday, it was Snyder who traveled to Indiana to receive the award for Yunevich, who passed away on January 28, 1992 at the age of 82.

Yunevich is the winningest coach in Alfred University football history, composing a record of 177-85-12 in Saxon history. He coached six undefeated teams while adding another five seasons with teams that only loss one contest. Yuni coached the Saxons from 1937 to 1941 before answering the call of duty at the age of 32 and was commissioned as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy in World War II. After the conclusion of the war, he returned to the helm of the Saxon football program until 1976.

Yuni’s Saxons won eight Independent College Athletic Conference Championships in 1964, 1965 (co-champions), 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1976. He was twice recognized as the Small College Coach of the Year, first in 1956 by the Washington Touchdown Club and again in 1971 by the New York State Football Writers Association.
During his historic tenure at Alfred University, Coach Yunevich was involved in more sports than football as he was the head coach of the Saxon men’s basketball team, wrestling team and golf team.

There are a multitude of football players who played under Yuni who are now members of the Alfred University Hall of Fame. Yunevich was inducted in 1975 while still at the helm and is joined by 41 of his former players and one of his assistant coaches. Those members are:

Walter Johnson 1940

Mearl Greene 1942

James Kehoe 1947

William Argentieri 1949

Dale Thompson 1951

Donald Lester 1951

Lester Goble 1951

John Fasano 1953

George Policano 1954

Frederick Gibbs 1954

Joseph Fasano 1954

Vernon Fitzgerald 1954

Ralph DiMicco 1954

Pat Lattari 1956

Warner Micciche 1956

Don Carlin 1957

Charles Shultz 1957

James Ryan 1958

Nicholas Teta 1958

William McAlee 1960

Stephen Kelley 1960

Alex Zoldan 1962

Steve Crossman 1962

Joe Renwick 1963

Thomas Quinn 1964

Jack Hedlund 1965

Jim Eggler 1967

Keith Gregory 1968

Bill Knott 1968

Frank Wyant 1968

Michael Johnston 1968

Chris Rodger 1970

James Moretti 1972

Gary Eggler 1973

Henry Bzdak 1974

Charles Young 1974

John Henderson 1975 *Silver Saxon

Frank Logan 1976

Joseph VanCura 1976

Steve Lester 1977

Terrance Bruce 1977

Clifford Dubreuil N/A *Assistant Coach

Yunevich coached three years as the head coach at Central Michigan, going 10-13-1, making his combined head coaching record 187-93-13. As a player, Yunevich played high school in Bicknell, IN, earning 16 total varsity letters in four sports. In college, he was a fullback that earned All-Big 10 for the Boilermakers of Purdue while also captaining the track & field team.

The stadium at Merrill Field on Alfred University’s campus was named after Coach Yunevich in 2014.

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