Coolidge Colts football coach Natalie Randolph made headlines last season when she was introduced as the first female high school boy’s football coach in over 25 years. Despite achieving marginal success in her inaugural campaign, Randolph still drew heavy media attention.
One season later, Randolph has her Colts atop the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) standings with a 7-1 record, a feat that earned her the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week award. Randolph received the award for the week of Nov. 1.
“Coach Randolph supports and cares about the whole student-athlete,” Coolidge Athletic Director Keino Wilson said in a statement. “She pays as much attention to their academic, physical, and emotional health as she does to their performance on the field. She organizes effective, consistent support systems to ensure that all students have the tutoring, counseling, and other interventions they need to be complete healthy adolescents.”
For winning the award, Randolph will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund for the Colts football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen.
The team said Randolph meets the award’s requirements of continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes, overall community involvement and an overall team performance and record.