"I learned that teachers had to earn the respect of the students."
- Grand Marshall of 2013 Loveland High School Homecoming, Keven Taylor
Loveland (It's more than a bike trail), Oh. This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is an interview with Kevin Taylor before the season opener of the 2013 Loveland football season at Tiger Stadium on Friday. Taylor was busy getting thousands of youth football players and cheerleaders ready to go onto the field for the pre-game, but took some time out to talk to Loveland Magazine publisher, David Miller.
The Loveland Athletic Boosters have honored Taylor by naming him "Grand Marshall" of the 2013Loveland Homecoming.
Taylor just retired after 26 years as a teacher, coach, and assistant athletic director in the Loveland system. He has lived in Loveland except for brief periods when he was teaching out of state, since he was two years old. He graduated Loveland High School in 1972, and played football, baseball, and a little basketball. He was the assistant athletic director for the past eighteen years. He has been hired back as the athletic facilities coordinator, but has retired from teaching. He says his new duties are basically the same he has always had as assistant athletic director, with a few new duties added on.
Keven said he found out when Chris Kloesz, the high school principal called him into his office. He thought he was in trouble for something. When the principal told him he had been named Grand Marshall, Keven said he didn't believe him because the two do so much kidding together. "I thought he was lying to me - just pulling my leg." Keven said that perhaps for the first time in his life he was speechless about something. "Chris said it was a great honor, and I agreed with him." Taylor said. "I was speechless. Totally speechless. I didn't know what to say to him."
Keven talks about his favorite memories, including coaching his own sons, and coach Jerry Walker, the man who had the most influence on how he approached teaching in the classroom and on the field. He said off camera that in all those years he probably only sent perhaps ten students to detention for behavior problems, and attributed that to his philosophy of treating students as he would want to be treated. "I learned that teachers had to earn the respect of the students, and it is something they need from teachers," he said.
Keven said that being named the Grand Marshall was the best thing that has happened in his career. He will be center stage in a new convertible in Thursday's parade, and on Friday he will take his first helicopter ride. He said he was looking forward to landing on the football field to deliver the game ball, flying over the town he grew up in, and the the ariel view of the athletic fields he maintains.
The Homecoming Parade proceeds from East Loveland Avenue at 6:30 PM next Thursday heading to the high school up West Loveland Avenue and Rich Road.
The Tigers take on Lebanon Friday night at 7:30 PM. A Powder Puff Football game will be held at the stadium immediately following the parade. Admission is $1 with proceeds going to a charitable organization.
The Homecoming Court will be presented at half-time on Friday and the Queen will be announced. Rozzi’s will be providing fireworks for the game festivities.
"My whole career has been nothing but great," Taylor said.