by David Miller
Loveland, Ohio – In a brief video interview this week, I asked Stan McCoy to tell viewers something I had heard him repeat many times over the years about his expectations for the Loveland students he taught and coached. He responded, “If you look in the mirror you can’t lie to yourself.” He explains further in the interview what his simple message is.
On Monday afternoon, December 13, the gymnasium at the Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) was named in honor of retired teacher and coach Stan McCoy Jr.
McCoy served the Loveland City Schools community for decades and the community came to the gym to cheer him on as he received this special honor.
It’s now the Stan McCoy Junior Gymnasium.
The Loveland City School District invited the community to a special event on Monday, December 13 at Loveland Intermediate School for a ceremony honoring McCoy Jr.
The naming ceremony took place between basketball games in the gym.
Barbara Orsinelli who taught physical education with Stan also speaks on camera about working with him for seventeen years. Cam Louder, now a student at Xavier University also appears on camera speaking about what Stan meant to him during his younger years attending Loveland schools.
The LIS Gym will carry the McCoy name, just as the Loveland Middle School Gym is named in honor of his father, the late Stan McCoy Sr.
McCoy is a graduate of Xavier University. He was a physical education teacher at Loveland Schools for nearly 30 years. He has coached eighth-grade football, seventh and eighth-grade basketball, and track and field. McCoy is part of a family that has Loveland Tiger pride extending back three generations.
McCoy once held the Loveland basketball season and career record for the most assists in 1970 through 1973. He had quite a career playing Xavier basketball back in his college days. He was head coach, Tay Baker’s first recruit.
In December of 2020, McCoy received the Community Service Award from the City Recreation Commission that is named after his father. The “Stan McCoy Sr. Award” is presented annually, with the criteria that nominees be “persons of quality and integrity, who with love and enthusiasm for the Loveland area, have worked to sustain and improve the community.”
This past September, McCoy was the Grand Marshall of Loveland’s Homecoming Parade.
He grew up in Loveland with his mother and father and three athletic sisters. McCoy has told Loveland Magazine that he was inspired by his father Stan McCoy Sr, also a Loveland High School athlete who graduated in 1943, who later became a history and physical education teacher at Loveland High School, as well as the head football coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent.