Saturday, March 13, 2010

DC hires first female varsity prep football coach (aka the plot of Wildcats)

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School has a new football coach, and her name is Natalie Randolph.
Randolph was chosen from about 15 candidates after the previous coach resigned. The Washington native and University of Virginia track star played six seasons as a receiver for the D.C. Divas of the National Women’s Football Association, helping the team win the title in 2006.

She also was an assistant coach from 2006-08 at another D.C. high school, H.D. Woodson, where opposing coaches would throw funny looks her way when told she was on the staff.

Now she’s a head coach, ready to dispel naysayers. And she doesn’t plan to do it by screaming in the kids’ faces.

“I’m probably more Tony Dungyesque,” said Randolph, who has a copy of the Super Bowl-winning coach’s book. “I’m soft-spoken, so me yelling is not me. I’m going to be me. That’s what I do in the classroom. When I get observed, the observers say ’I didn’t expect you to be able to handle this class,’ but I do what I have to do to get it done.”

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Mike Licht, said...

Wanda Oates was hired as head coach at Ballou in 1985. She was fired after one day when male coaches at other schools refused to work with her.

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