Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University

  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Herrick Memorial Library
  • Alfred University
  • 1 Saxon Drive
  • Alfred, NY 14802
  • 607-871-2385 (Phone)
  • 607-871-2299 (Fax)

Alex Yunevich

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Alexander (Alex) Joseph Yunevich served as Alfred University's head football coach from 1937 to 1941 and again from 1946 until his retirement following the 1976 season. During those 36 years, he posted a 177-85-12 record, unique in AU history; guided his football team to six undefeated seasons; and drew nearly unprecedented national attention to a small college football program. In addition to serving as the University's football coach, he also coached golf and wrestling.

Alfred University conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters on Yunevich in 1983. The Alfred Alumni Association presented him with its Faculty Friend Award in 1966.

A 1932 graduate of Purdue University, where he was an All-Big 10 and second team All-American fullback, Alex was named Small College Coach of the Year in 1956 by the Washington Touchdown Club and was named Small College Coach of the East by the New York Football Writers in 1971, after guiding the Alfred Saxons to an 8-0 record and the Lambert Bowl.

After his retirement from Alfred in 1976, he resided in Venice, Fla., with his wife, Anne, whom he married in 1936. Mrs. Yunevich is an alumna of Alfred University. Alex died, age 82, on January 28, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

by Tom Cechini, '60

As I look back on what is now gone
I realize the Yunevich era has passed.
My coach, my mentor, my very dear friend
Has earned his reward, and fought to the end.

Many years have vanished without too much thought,
But a day never passes that Alex isn't there...
In mind and in practice of daily routines,
The basics of life that he diligently taught!

As a husband and father he gave family joy.
He also was a teacher and an idol to peers,
True example of strength,
With All-American Years!

The look on the faces of the youth that he met,
Was only surpassed by the words from his heart!
A coach of renown once said of this man:
"He's the best at his game,
And just very smart!"

second photo of Yunevich