But what Coolidge did is actually extraordinary: It hired Natalie Randolph, who is now believed to be the only female head football coach at any high school, anywhere in the United States.
There's no reason at all that Randolph shouldn't be considered qualified for the job. She was an NCAA Division I athlete as a sprinter at the University of Virginia, and she played wide receiver for five years for a women's football team called the D.C. Divas. She was an assistant football coach at another high school, H.D. Woodson, in 2006 and 2007. And she's a teacher at Coolidge who knows the students.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty noted all those qualifications when he said at the press conference announcing Randolph's appointment, "Natalie Randolph, like all the head coaches who preceded her ... is being honored because she's the best person for this job."
"People are going to say stuff wherever you go. I can't control what people say," Randolph said. "The first thing is, I love football, no matter whose domain it is. I'm going to do it. If I let people dictate what I do, I wouldn't be where I am. While I'm proud to be a part of what this all means, being female has nothing to do with it."
Maybe some day a woman coaching a football team won't be a big deal. But today it is. Natalie Randolph has accomplished something very big.