Women's Basketball Coach Wins 600th Game
December 09, 2008
Emmanuel College Head Women's Basketball Coach Andy Yosinoff earned his 600th career victory on December 9th with a 73-59 win over Lesley University. The achievement places Yosinoff among elite company, as he became only the fifth Division III women’s basketball coach to ever accomplish the feat.
On Wednesday, January 21st, Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND and the Athletic Department made a special presentation in honor of his accomplishment. The ceremony took place in the Jean Yawkey Center gymnasium prior to the start of the Saints’ home game versus Suffolk University.
"To reach the 600-win plateau is truly amazing." said Emmanuel College Director of Athletics and Recreation Pam Roecker. "Andy has dedicated his entire basketball career to Emmanuel College, maintains incredible relationships with his former players and preserves a strong commitment on a daily basis to his current team members. This is all possible because of the unmatched level of enthusiasm and dedication he brings to the profession. Andy believes in Emmanuel College, is a tireless worker, and with his energy level I am expecting to celebrate many more career and victory milestones with him along the way."
Currently in his 32nd year as head coach of the Saints, Yosinoff has compiled a list of impressive credentials, including a record of 601-201. He ranks fifth in career victories among Division III women's basketball coaches, while his .7525 winning percentage places him among the top 20 of his peers, both active and all-time.
Under Yosinoff's direction, the Saints have made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and claimed 13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) titles, including five straight from 2000-2005. During the 2000-2001 season, he led Emmanuel College to its first NCAA Final Four appearance, becoming the first coach in Boston to make it to the national basketball semifinals in any category (men's or women's, Division I, II or III). That season, Yosinoff was named GNAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year while the Saints were voted the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Team of the Year.
In 2006-2007, Yosinoff guided Emmanuel to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and a Division III-best 29 wins, which included a perfect 12-0 mark in GNAC play. Between 2000-2006, the Saints went undefeated in the GNAC, winning 72-straight regular season games, the longest Division III regular season conference win streak to date.
Last January, Yosinoff was honored for his contribution to women's athletics with a "Heights Award," presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery and Boston College Athletics at Boston College's Conte Forum. The award recognized individuals in the Boston community who have exhibited a long-term commitment and dedication to the growth of women's athletics.
Last winter Yosinoff also organized a historic team trip to Beijing, China, where the Emmanuel women's basketball team participated in exhibition games against a number of local teams. From December 28th to January 5th the Saints had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture and visit some of the country's most historic sites just months prior to the country hosting the XXIX Olympiad.
A 2003 inductee of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, Yosinoff's résumé also includes serving as the USA Maccabiah Open head women's basketball coach in 2005, where he guided Team USA to its first-ever gold medal during the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He is 1970 graduate of the University of Rhode Island.