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Washington D.C.’s Calvin Coolidge High School needed a new varsity head football coach. From a pool of 15 well-qualified applicants, the school selected a confident leader with five years of professional football experience as a wide receiver and kick returner. The new coach is known as a no-nonsense teacher at Coolidge and had previously been an assistant varsity coach there and at another football-noteworthy D.C. high school.

Normally, a news tidbit like this would not have made it beyond the local papers. But this spring, CNN, ESPN, the Associated Press and a host of other reporters focused their cameras on Coolidge to see the woman who was picked for the position.

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