BOSTON (WPRI) — This week’s Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses Hometown Sports Hero is Andy Yosinoff.

The Emmanuel College head coach became the winningest coach in D-III Women’s Basketball this season, passing former Scranton head coach Mike Strong with his 816th career win.

“The most enjoyable part of the game is what my players accomplish when they graduate,” Yosinoff said. “I’m a former educator in the Boston Public Schools, my father was a guidance counselor at Central High School, it’s all about what they do after they graduate, the jobs they have, the families they have. The relationships I’ve had with all my players over these years, is the most enjoyable part.”

The Pawtucket native is enshrined in the URI Athletic Hall of Fame for the success he enjoyed on the tennis court, but basketball has always been a passion he wanted to pursue and one he’s followed for the last 41 years at Emmanuel.

“I graduated in 1970, I always wanted to coach basketball, I started coaching my fraternity team at URI,” Yosinoff said. “I started coaching boys basketball in Boston and in 1978, the year of the blizzard. I came over and applied for the tennis job and the AD said the hours don’t work, so then I said, ‘do you have a basketball coach?’ and she said, ‘I don’t,’ and I said, ‘now you do.” 

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