Hall of Fame
It was an evening to celebrate athletic achievement Friday, Jan. 4, as Loveland High School (LHS) inducted four former graduates into the Loveland Athletic Hall of Fame: Dan Muchmore, Kip Funke, Coach Jeff Berkoff and Kathy (Wilson) Peyton.
Dan Muchmore graduated from Loveland in 1993 where he played varsity basketball for four years. He attended College at Clermont College and Trevecca University. At present, he is employed by David Joseph Company in Denver, Colorado where he lives with his wife, Annie, and son, Reid.
Kip Funke graduated from Loveland in 1984. Funke played varsity football all four years of high school and basketball all four years. He was also a member of the baseball team for four years. Funke went on to play baseball after high school at Xavier University. He is self- employed in the roofing business and resides in Loveland with his wife, Melissa, and sons, Austen and Brady.
Coach Jeff Berkoff coached at Loveland from 1973 to 2009. He was the varsity wrestling coach from 1973 to 1982. Berkoff was named Cincinnati AA Coach of the Year in 1978 and ’79. He was elected to the Cincinnati Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. Coach Berkoff also coached Boys Tennis from 1991 to 2009, and coached girls tennis in 1991-1992 and 1999-2002. Coach Berkoff retired from Loveland in 2009 and still lives in Loveland with his wife, JoAnn, and daughters, Laura and Amy.
Kathy (Wilson) Peyton graduated from Loveland in 1965 where she was a member of the Girls Athletic Association from 1961-1965. Peyton served on the Girls Athletic Association Board from 1961-1965 and as Association President in 1965. Peyton was a Girls Athletic All-Star from 1961-1965. She played on Loveland’s girls basketball team from 1961-1965, and played on the softball team from 1961-1965. Peyton went on to play basketball, softball, volleyball and bowling at Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Ocean City, Maryland, where she is enjoying retirement with fiancé Steven. Peyton retired from teaching and coaching in 2006, after more than 35 years. She is the proud mother of son, Todd Peyton, and daughter, Katie Action, and grandmother of four grandsons.
Photo caption (L to R): Dan Muchmore, Kip Funke, Coach Jeff Berkoff