A head coach at the age of 25.
101 victories in 10 years.
Seven state championship appearances and five state titles.
Pretty impressive resume, huh?
It belongs to Altoona native Steve Taneyhill, who has become one of South Carolina's most successful high school football coaches over the past decade.
The former Altoona Area High School and University of South Carolina standout quarterback recently guided Chesterfield High School to its third straight South Carolina Class 1A state championship.
"It's been fun, a lot of fun," Taneyhill said recently from his office at Chesterfield, where he is an assistant to the principal in charge of textbooks.
After a standout career at USC - he still owns several school and Southeastern Conference passing records - few probably expected Taneyhill to become a coach. He had visions of a career in pro football, but they didn't materialize.
He was invited to camp by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and later spent some time in the European League with the Frankfort Galaxy in Germany.
"Yes, I wanted to play in the pros, but it didn't work out," he said. "I guess I wasn't good enough.
"Either way, I'm happy with what I'm doing."
A former college buddy told him about a job at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C. - coaching eight-man football.
"They needed a coach, I was 25 without a job, so I decided to go for it," Taneyhill said, and it turned out to be a great decision.
Taneyhill spent five years at Cambridge (1998-2002) and guided the team to a pair of state championships.
"Eight-man football is a lot like Arena Football," he said. "It's a wide-open game, very exciting, and I learned a lot about kids and how to motivate. I also found out how much time it takes to be a coach."
After taking off the 2003 season to return to USC to earn his degree, Taneyhill was offensive coordinator at West Ashley High in Charleston, S.C. for one year.
He became head coach at Chesterfield [enrollment 600] in 2005, and his five-year stint there has been remarkable. Before he got the job, Chesterfield had won only three games in three seasons. His first team posted a 3-8 record, but they've been nearly unstoppable since.
The 2006 team went 11-3 and was state runner-up. They were 11-3 and won the state title in 2007. They were 13-1 and state champs in 2008, and made it a three-peat with a 36-6 win over Lamar in the 2009 title game. The 2009 team, incidentally, gave up only 56 points in 14 games.
Would he like to move to a bigger school, or even to a college program?
"I've looked and I've listened, but I'm happy here," he said. "I've never gone on an interview, and it would have to be the right situation to leave.
"Whether it's 2000 kids or 600 kids, winning the state title is the ultimate, and we're doing that here."
Taneyhill has been selected to be among the 2010 inductees into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame, and he's excited about that.
"It's a great honor," he said. "I was there when my dad [Art] went in, I know some of the people, and there are some I don't know.
"I know I'll be in awful good company."
Turchetta's team second
Another former Altoona product helped coach a Columbia, Tenn., high school football team to a berth in that state's championship game.
Tom Turchetta, an outstanding athlete at Bishop Guilfoyle in the mid 1960s, is the defensive coordinator at Columbia after a 25-year stint as a college coach.
Like Taneyhill, Turchetta went to a high school program three years ago that hadn't had much success, and he's helped turn it around.
Turchetta had college coaching stops at Kentucky, East Tennessee State, Kentucky State, Temple, Memphis, Texas El Paso, Pitt and Wyoming and wrapped it up as associate athletic director at Wyoming before calling it quits four years ago.
"I told my wife it was time to grow up and get a real job," he said.
So the Turchettas went to Columbia - her hometown - where he became director of alumni relations and gifts officer at Columbia (TN) State Community College.
"The first year we were here we went to all the high school games because we had a niece in the band," he said. "When the season was over, a friend of mine, who was offensive coordinator, and the head coach asked me to help."
The college gave Turchetta the OK and he joined the staff three years ago.
"The kids have bought into the system and what they accomplished this year was phenomenal," he said.
Columbia's General Motors plant has experienced hard times and the high school football team became hometown heroes this season. They eventually lost to Hendersonville Beach, 47-33, in the Tennessee state final.
"I can't say enough about the kids," Turchetta said. "If we played that team 10 times, I think we would have won nine, but we didn't that night."
A former University of Miami offensive lineman and Hurricane captain, Turchetta said the 2009 season was a great experience.
"Honestly, it was the most enjoyable, fun-filled season in coaching I've ever had," he said.