The combination of athletic skills and competitiveness that Kevin
Yianacopolus “Yiana” brought to every game he played defined his Spartan
As a sophomore, Kevin got his first start at quarterback for the SHS
football team. He made the most of an unexpected opportunity when he
debuted versus Woburn and scored two touchdowns. Already an established
regular in the defensive backfield, Kevin also picked off two Tanner
passes. For the next two seasons, Kevin was an outstanding two-way
performer directing the Spartan offense under center, while anchoring
the secondary from his safety position on the defensive side.
The captain of the 1985 SHS football team, Yiana enjoyed a season
highlighted by various individual honors including Boston Herald
All-Scholastic and Middlesex League All-Star selection as a defensive
back and a recipient of the Marty Jordan, Rudy Romboli, and Coaches
Award for the second consecutive year.
His accolades extended to the baseball diamond as a left-handed pitcher
capable of mixing up his pitches to keep hitters off balance. In the
spring of 1986, Stoneham, under Coach Bill Seabury, returned to baseball
prominence. The senior captain got off to a dominant start on the mound.
With a 3-0 record fresh from an overpowering 19-strikeout performance
versus Wakefield, Kevin suffered a broken toe and was out of the lineup
for several games down the stretch of the regular season. He returned,
and in two of the most memorable games in the storied annals of Stoneham
baseball, Yiana delivered. The Spartans found themselves trailing 7-6 in
the sixth inning of the second round state tournament match-up with
North Andover. Yiana came out of the bullpen to hurl the final three
innings, striking out eight of nine batters allowing Stoneham a comeback
for 9-7 victory. Later in the Division II North Sectional versus
Swampscott, Kevin pitched a stellar 7 2/3 innings as a starter in a
heart stopping 6-5 triumph that sent Stoneham to the Eastern
Massachusetts Division II final versus Franklin.
Kevin attended Bridgton Academy prior to his acceptance at the
University of Maine. Yiana continued to pitch in the Intercity League
attracting the attention of several major league scouts and signed with
the Seattle Mariners. Kevin currently is the Head Coach of SHS Baseball
and an assistant with the Spartan football team.
Kevin resides in Stoneham with his wife Doreen and his four children.