St. Henry, Penn State Grad and former NFL offensive lineman (Detroit Lions from 1996-2000 and for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001-06) Jeff Hartings has been named the new head football coach at Worthington Christian High School, replacing Brian Stier, who led the program during its first three seasons (1-9, 4-6 and 6-4).
According to Stier he was told that the school:
“just wanted to go in a different direction.”
Hartings was the offensive and defensive line coach for the Warriors the last two seasons.
Worthington Christian Athletic Director Kevin Weakley told ThisWeek Community News:
“Coach Hartings clearly understands the game of football and is passionate about the sport, but what the Worthington Christian community will quickly learn about him is his heart for using the game of football to develop men. We’re excited he’s agreed to become the head coach of our football program.”
In a press release from Hartings:
“I want to thank Brian Stier for laying the foundation for which I believe a great program can be built. Our family loves the Worthington Christian 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.”
On November 28, NFL All-Pro and Super Bowl Champion Jeff Hartings returned to his hometown to help kick start the St. Henry FCA group.