All-city in basketball, all-district in football and all-state in baseball at Akron East High School before going onto being a three-year starter in football and baseball at Eastern Michigan University in the early 1970s. Part-time starter at defensive end in 1970 and accumulated 29 tackles and one fumble recovery on a team that compiled a 7-2-1 record. A year later, Yovanovich was switched to tight end. That 1971 team went through the regular season unbeaten and became the first EMU athletic team to be ranked No. 1 in the nation. Finished football career as a defensive tackle, where he accumulated 47 tackles, had three forced fumbles and two tipped passes on a team that was 6-4. Also an accomplished pitcher in the Greater Akron AA Baseball League and has a continuing 27-year career as a high school basketball official.