29-year-old Natalie Randolph, has been introduced as the head football coach at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. While exact statistics have not been confirmed regarding the number of female head coaches of boys’ high school teams, Randolph’s new job is certainly a historic one.
"I know how important high school football is to these young men, the parents, the school, and the Coolidge community. I plan on taking this opportunity and running with it," said Randolph.
The D.C school credits Randolph’s previous coaching experience, a former assistant football coach for the schools boys team as well as her successfully career as a wide receiver for the D.C Divas women’s pro football team as the main reason for her selection. Randolph was also a standout track and field hurdler at the University of Virginia, adding to her overall sports training and experience.
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"Girls and women — along with their fathers, sons and brothers — now have clear evidence that the gridiron ceiling can be broken," said Karen Durkin, chief executive officer of the Women's Sports Foundation. "Natalie's hiring will serve as a much-needed catalyst for women in leadership positions across all sports."