In 2010, Natalie Randolph became the second woman to hold a head coaching position in boys’ high school football. Wanda Oates was the first to hold this position in 1985. Oates was a head football coach at Ballou for one game before leaving do to stigma associated with a woman football coach.
Natalie Randolph stepped out this year to become the second woman to be a high school football head coach in the United States. Natalie Randolph is a thirty year old woman. She is not only coaching the Coolidge Colts, but is also an environmental and biology teacher. The Coolidge High School is located in Washington D.C. according to www.washingtonpost.com.
Randolph was on the University of Virginia’s track team. She was a standout short distance runner. Randolph also was a wide receiver for the D.C. Divas of the National Womens’ Football Association for five years. Her first coaching job was an assistant wide receiver coach at H.D. Woodson High School.
There are over 200 high school coaches in the Washington D.C. area. Not only is Natalie Randolph facing the pressure of making a stand with her team in Washington D.C., she is looking to turn around a football team that had a 39-36 overall record under the previous Coolidge Head Coach.
Last Friday, the Coolidge Colts fell to Archbishop Carroll 28-0 according to USA.today.com. Hopefully, Natalie Randolph can improve the image for womens’ coaching abilities in her quest as a high school football coach.
www.washingtonpost.com/Natalie Randolph to Coach Coolidge High School by Allen Goldenback March 11,2010