Coolidge High School
6315 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
Natalie Randolph may have a timid sounding voice, but she roars like a lion. She became the first female football varsity coach in Washington, D.C. and the third woman ever to serve as head coach of a high school football team in the nation. After assistant coaching at H.D. Woodson High School, Natalie was hired as the head football coach of the Coolidge High School Colts. Under Natalie’s leadership for two seasons, the Colts have improved their overall grade-point average and have twice made the DCIAA playoffs. Outside of her roles as a coach and a science teacher, Natalie is an athlete in her own right having been a hurdler at the University of Virginia and a wide receiver for the DC Divas, a professional team in the Independent Women’s Football League. Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty celebrated Natalie’s pioneering spirit when he declared a “Natalie Randolph Day” in her honor.
Randolph received a Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women and NASPA at their June 2011 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Randolph was recognized for breaking through barriers for women in sports
View Natalie in action in this YouTube video at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5527785