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Shattering The Glass Ceiling In High School Football

March 15, 2010 by Jennie Cote  
Filed under Football, SRG's Blog

To some degree, James Brown was right when he sang, “This is a man’s world”. Men have always dominated coaching women’s sports, but slowly its time has come. There was a ground breaking decision in the world of high school football last week when 29 year old Natalie Randolph was named head varsity football coach of Washington D.C.’s Calvin Coolidge Senior High.

It is reported that Randolph is currently the only female coaching boys’ varsity high school football in the country. At her press conference on Friday she said, “Head coach is a big job for anybody. The fact that it’s making history, that’s also pretty cool, but I really wanna make sure that I give the best that I can for the kids.”

Randolph has been teaching biology at the school for the last two years, but that’s not her only impressive statistic. She’s had some experience on the field as a player and as a coach. Randolph was a sprinter at the University of Virginia. That led her to 5 seasons as a wide receiver for the women’s professional football team the D.C. Divas. There she helped lead them to the title in 2006.

She then had a 2-year coaching stint as an assistant varsity football coach at another Washington area high school. During that time, Randolph found herself under scrutiny with the coaching staff. She said, “After the first week, I had more apprehension about the other coaches than about the players, it was about proving myself to the other coaches.”

A man’s world indeed it may be, but Randolph was quite impressive by beating out 15 other candidates for the top spot. “Some people say she’s just a woman and she doesn’t know anything. There’s definitely going to be a higher level of scrutiny because it’s a woman in a man’s world,” said Toni Morgan, a referee for the Eastern Board of Officials and a regular official of football games in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association.

One rival high school football coach went on to say, “All I know is, I don’t want to be the first one to lose to her. That’s going to be wild.”

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