As it prepares for its fourth season, the Worthington Christian High School football program has a new coach. Athletic Director Kevin Weakley announced Jeffery Hartings as the Warriors new head coach of the football program.
Hartings is a former NFL player, retiring in 2006 after an 11-year career with the Lions and Steelers. He was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl championship team in 2005, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He played college football at Penn State University where he was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten Offensive Lineman, and was also named Academic All-American in 1994 and 1995. While at PSU, Hartings helped the 1994 team to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl Victory, capping an undefeated season. He went to high school at St. Henry where he excelled at football, having been named All-State two times and leading the 1990 team to a state championship. Following his playing days, he began coaching in 2011 at Avonworth High School in Pittsburgh, PA. helping the 2014 team to the WPIAL Championship game.
“Coach Hartings clearly understands the game of football and is passionate about the sport, but what the WC community will quickly learn about him is his heart for using the game of football to develop men,” says Weakley. “We are excited he has agreed to become the head coach of our football program.”
Hartings coached the past two seasons as an offensive and defensive line coach for the Warriors.
“After two seasons as an assistant, I am very excited to be named the head football coach,” said Hartings. “It’s a great opportunity for me that I do not take lightly. I feel like God has called me to be the next leader of the football program and I will depend on Him to give direction for what He desires for this program.”
Hartings replaces Brian Stier who served as head coach for the school’s first three seasons. Under Stier, the Warriors went 1-9 during their first season in 2014, improved to 4-6 in 2015, and went 6-4 last fall.
“I want to thank Brian Stier for laying the foundation for which I believe a great program can be built,” stated Hartings. Hartings continued, “Our family loves the WC community. We love the people here, and I especially love the students and want to do everything I can to give them a fun experience playing a game that has meant so much to me.”