Taneyhill leaves Chesterfield to guide Union County High

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Former Gamecocks' star QB

By The Staff

Former South Carolina star quarterback Steve Taneyhill, who built Chesterfield High School into a Class A state football power, is leaving the Rams’ program to become the head football coach at Union County High School.

Taneyhill was announced as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach Monday night.

Taneyhill has been the Chesterfield High School football coach since 2006, guiding the Rams to three Class A state titles and a runner-up finish in his first season.

As a prep football coach, Taneyhill has 120 wins and 34 losses and five state championships. He has also been named coach of the year five times.

Taneyhill guided the Rams to a 71-22 record and  three straight Class A Division I state football championships from 2007-09.

Taneyhill had only one losing season at Chesterfield and his CHS squads won more than 10 games in a season in five of seven seasons.

Before Taneyhill’s arrival, the Rams had five straight losing seasons and never won more than nine games in a season.

Taneyhill’s final Rams’ team was 11-2 last season, falling to Abbeville High School 17-14 in the Class A Upstate title game.

Taneyhill also coached at Cambridge Academy, a  Greenwood private school.

He guided the 8-man team to back-to-back state titles and a state runner-up finish the year after.

He served as quarterbacks coach at West Ashley High in Charleston for one year between stops at Cambridge and Chesterfield.

While at South Carolina, Taneyhill led the Gamecocks to their first bowl win in school history, a 24-21 victory over West Virginia in the 1995 Carquest Bowl in Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium.

With the latest S.C. High School League realignment, Chesterfield will move up to Class AA and compete in the same region with Lancaster County high schools Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land.

The Class AA Upstate league will also include Central High School of Pageland and Cheraw.

 Chesterfield will begin competing as a Class AA school with the start of the 2012-13 school term in August.