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Randolph, an environmental sciences teacher at the school, was chosen from about 15 candidates after the previous coach resigned. She inherited a team that went 6-4 last season.

Even in defeat, she earned kudos from Carroll coach Rick Houchens.

“Her main goal is to do something for the best interest of these kids,” Houchens said. “We need more of those types of people. For her to be a female, and have that concept, it doesn’t get any better than that. I have so much respect for her as a person.”

A Washington, D.C., native and former University of Virginia track star, Randolph played six seasons as a receiver for the D.C. Divas of the National Women’s Football Association and spent three seasons as an assistant coach at another D.C. high school.

Randolph is expecting the media crush to abate now that her first game is in the books, but her focus has not changed.

“My expectations are to do the best that we possibly can,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s still a football game.”