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Can A Woman Coach Football?

Can A Woman Coach Football?

It's not every day we hear about a woman involved in a male dominated sport, especially as involved as Natalie Randolph.  The 29-year-old high school science teacher was recently named the head football coach for Washington D.C.'s Coolidge High School.  She is believed to be the nation's only woman who is head coach of a high school varsity football team.  Randolph has been getting a lot of support from the people around her, but there are still some who have a hard time handling a woman coaching football.

One thing that is clear though, no one can argue that she does not have the experience to get the job done.  A recent report from USA Today talks about how Randolph spent five years playing for the professional football league's D.C.'s Divas as a wide receiver.  On top of that, she worked as assistant coach for two years at a rival high school before she got the job at Coolidge. 

Some disparaging comments have been made in the press about Randolph coaching football.  An unnamed rival coach told the Washington Post, "All I know is, I don't want to be the first one to lose to her.  That's going to be wild."  Comments like this, even ones made in jest, just reaffirm the stereotypes of how women are inferior to men when it comes to sports and anyone should be especially ashamed to lose to one.

Keith Bulluck, 10-year NFL veteran, posted a comment to his Twitter account in response to Randolph being named a high school football coach.  Bulluck wrote, "not saying it can't be done or shouldn't be done.  Football is clearly a man's sport and it's to be seen how young men take to their coach being a woman."  Bulluck clearly doesn't have much faith in the notion of a woman sharing in "his" sport.

Thankfully, Randolph doesn't seem to let these comments bother her and takes a no nonsense approach to her job.  When speaking with the press she often says that this isn't about her and she prefers to focus her attention on the players that she is now coaching.  At a recent news conference Randolph said, "While I'm proud to be part of what this all means, being female has nothing to do with it.  I love football. I love football, I love teaching, I love these kids.  My being female has nothing to do with my support and respect for my players on the field and in the classroom."

What do you think of the idea of a woman coaching an all-male football team?

Do you think there is still a lot of work to be done to get women more involved in these types of sports?

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  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS
    04.06.10  

    This reminds me of the Movie called Wild Cats LOL.If she loves and knows the sport play by play, then by all means Yes I think a female can coach a football team just has good or better then any other man coach out there. (((Women Power))) ; )

  • Lusadi By Lusadi
    04.06.10  

    Why couldn't she coach football?

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    04.06.10  

    SUre! Aren't we in the 21st century?!

  • sassysami By sassysami
    04.07.10  

    hell yes!!!!!!!! she can coach football , play football, or whatever! women can be just as strong as a man. and she can be a football coach if she wants too!!!!

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    04.07.10  

    If she's qualified and knows the game, let her go for it!

  • jenndta69 By jenndta69
    04.11.10  

    Last time I check women have been coaching baseball and basketball. Of course women can coach football. Heck, half of the male coaches don't know what they are doing and no one asks if they can coach. I have a question, can men give birth? Enough said, we can do more than men!

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    04.30.10  

    Yes, women can coach football and any other sport. I guess the main thing is that the women have to be really interested in that. I know some, but very few, who are.

  • mommaduck By mommaduck
    05.20.10  

    I think its great, who says only men can coach football (of course men). I think more women need to step up and start coaching sports. if they can coach softball why cant they coach football. Some women know more about football than men. now i'm not speaking of myself i hate football. You go girl.

  • Gin257 By Gin257
    06.02.10  

    If she likes it and knows what she is doing, I don't see why a woman should not coach. Physically she may not be able to compete with some men on the field, but a coach is more about technique and planning. Great job for a woman in my opinion!

  • Ellayem By Ellayem
    06.05.10  

    If she's a good coach, then by all means she should coach! Many women's sports have male coaches, so why not have a woman coach a male team?

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