Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 9-12

Jeff Hartings

Jeff was an All-American football player at Penn State. He was later a first-round draft pick for the National Football League's Detroit Lions in 1996. In his eleven-year NFL career, he also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers with whom he won a Super Bowl championship and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He currently serves as the head coach for Worthington Christian School's football team. He and his wife Rebecca have eight children.

Recent Posts

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The Pursuit of Excellence

By Jeff Hartings on Mar 2, 2023 8:00 PM

Excellence is a hallmark of every successful individual, business, and team. Yet, the temptation is strong to settle for mediocrity or fall prey to perfectionism rather than pursue excellence. Pursuing excellence healthily is a challenge for many, and it becomes an even more complicated topic for parents raising teens. I am convinced that pursuing excellence is an essential life skill. It is not something that is necessarily innate or comes naturally to us; it is a skill that must be cultivated intentionally over time, no matter what the goal or endeavor for which we want to be excellent. 

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Thoughts on Coaching

By Jeff Hartings on Apr 1, 2021 8:00 PM

[Editor's Note: This blog post is an adapted excerpt from the Navigating Your Child's Education Podcast episode "What makes a good coach?" featuring a candid conversation with Coach Hartings. Make sure to check it out here.]

With over half of high school students across the U.S. competing in interscholastic sports, it’s safe to say that coaches have a strong influence on our young people. In my own journey as an athlete, parent, and coach, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of coaching. Coaches can have a tremendous impact on their players—both positive and negative. It’s important for parents to carefully consider who is influencing their children when it comes to athletics and coaching.

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Youth Sports: To Specialize or Not to Specialize

By Jeff Hartings on Oct 31, 2019 7:00 PM

Over the last two decades, the trend of sport specialization has hit an all-time high in youth athletics. More and more young athletes are specializing: devoting their energy, time, and ability to one singular sport. Many club sports play eleven months out of the year. School sports teams play their season and often spend the remainder of the year in extended workouts, team training camps, and skill-building sessions. In addition to team commitments, it’s not uncommon for individuals to hire private trainers to help them further develop their abilities.

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