DC High School Hires Female Head Coach

Natalie Randolph will lead Coolidge High into battle next fall.

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It's like 'Wildcats', except Natalie Randolph would lay Goldie Hawn out

When Coolidge High announced in January that it was looking for a new football coach, one of the school's science teachers was sitting in a conference room in the building when a colleague asked, "Why don't you put your name in for it?"

Natalie Randolph chewed on the idea for a bit. She didn't know of another woman who was coaching high school football, but that didn't concern her. To Randolph, who had played five seasons for the D.C. Divas of the Independent Women's Professional League and also served two seasons as an assistant coach at another D.C. high school, it came down to a few simple facts.

"I can do it," she said. "I'm qualified. I played the game. I know the kids. I love the kids."

And with those thoughts in her mind, Randolph, 29, walked into Room 134 at Coolidge on Friday afternoon to the applause of family members and former teammates, hoots and hollers from students, and flashbulbs from a throng of media and proudly took over as the Colts' next football coach. She joins just one other woman in the country holding a football head coaching position: Debbie Vance, who has led Lehman High in the Bronx, N.Y., the past two seasons.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty proclaimed March 12, 2010, as "Natalie Randolph Day" in the District.

"The next time I give you one of these," said Fenty, holding the proclamation and referring to the DCIAA's football title game, "is when you're the city champions when you win the Turkey Bowl."

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