Natalie Randolph ’98 received a Women of Distinction Award on Thursday during the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
The Calvin Coolidge Senior High School varsity football coach was honored for making extraordinary accomplishments in her profession and community and for serving as an inspiring role model for student leaders.
Randolph received the award along with journalist Connie Chung, former ambassador and Harvard University lecturer Swanee Hunt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson, and Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, University of Maryland, College Park, student union director.
During her second year teaching environmental science at H.D. Woodson Senior High School, Randolph was tapped to help with the boys' varsity football team as the wide receiver coach, becoming the only woman football coach in D.C. After Randolph moved to Calvin Coolidge, colleagues suggested she apply for the open head coach position. She beat out 11 other candidates and is believed to be one of only a few woman head football coaches of a high school team in the country.
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders provides a platform to help college and university women develop leadership skills, network with other student leaders, and interact with women who hold leadership positions.