June 12, 2022
West Lafayette, Indiana
Bicknell High School
Alex was the lone 9th grader on Bicknell's unbeaten 1924 team that went to the Indiana state championship game. He helped Bicknell go 29-8-1 in his 4 seasons. Yunevich earned four letters each in football, basketball, baseball and track, including all-state fullback honors in 1927.
As a Purdue sophomore, Alex scored three touchdowns in a 30-16 first-ever win over Michigan en route to an unbeaten 8-0 season and the Western Conference (now Big Ten) championship. Purdue went 24-3 in three seasons with Yunevich. Alex earned All-Western Conference first-team fullback in 1929. He held the Purdue record for longest run from scrimmage (90 yards) for many years.
In 1971, Alfred was awarded the Lambert Bowl, emblematic of the best small college football team in the east.
Yunevich and his wife, Anne had one child, Carol.
With a knack for coaching, Yunevich joined former teammate Harmeson as an assistant coach at Lehigh in 1933. He went on to take the head coaching job at Central Teachers College (now Central Michigan), where he went 10-13-1 in 3 seasons. Yunevich found his most coaching success at Alfred University in Western New York, where he compiled a 177-85-12 record with six unbeaten teams and seven with a single loss.