Bill Belichick is considered the longest-serving head coach of the NFL and is the head coach of the New England Patriots for the National Football League. For a man who began his coaching career at the age of 23, Belichick has more than enough experience in the game of American football.
Since joining the Patriots in 2000, Belichick has won 72% of his games, leading them to a record 10 Super Bowl appearances with as many wins and losses. Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in four years.
The Patriots went into the 2018 Super Bowl as favorites after winning the franchise as defending champions in the previous two seasons. However, their wonderful Super Bowl record did not count for them, as they lost to the so-called underdogs, the Philadelphia Eagles.
William Stephen Belichick was born on April 16, 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Jeannette Munn and Steve Belichick. His father was an assistant soccer coach at the US Naval Academy and one of Bill’s most important soccer mentors. Belichick graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970, where he played soccer and lacrosse, the latter being his favorite. He enrolled for a post-graduate year at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, to improve his grades and test scores and be accepted into a good college.
Belichick then attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1975. In addition to his work on the soccer team, he also played lacrosse and squash. His first job after graduation was in 1975 as an assistant to Ted Marchibroda, the head coach of the Baltimore Colts. He joined the Detroit Lions as assistant coach of their special teams for two years and then the Denver Broncos for the 1978 season. He joined the New York Giants in 1979 for 12 years as an assistant defensive coach and special team coach. From 1991 to 1995 he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Bill Belichick began his career with the Patriots in the 1996 season as assistant head coach and defense and back coach. He joined the New York Jets in 1997 as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. While still under contract with the Jets, Belichick was hired as head coach by the Patriots in 2000. The Patriots gave the Jets a draft pick from the first round as compensation.
Belichick was inducted into the Wesleyan University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2011 he was also inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor of another alma mater, the Phillips Academy Andover, Massachusetts.
Bill Belichick’s Girlfriend
Bill Belichick is currently in a relationship with Linda Holliday. The couple began their relationship shortly after they met in 2007 in a nightclub in Florida. Linda Holliday comes from Jupiter, Florida, and is the mother of twin daughters Ashley and Katie Hess.
Linda Holliday was a television personality and also owned a clothing store. She is currently the Executive Director of the Bill Belichick Foundation. The foundation was established on Belichick’s 60th birthday and helps underprivileged young people around the world. Since the awarding of scholarships at Belichick’s Alma Mater Annapolis High School, the foundation has expanded into foreign countries.
The couple was expected to be engaged in 2014 when Holliday began wearing a diamond ring on her left ring finger. After much speculation, she simply slipped the ring into her right hand to dispel the rumors. The couple has been together for so long and has made so many public appearances that many simply assume they are married. Together Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday have 5 children, but none of them together.
Before his decade-long relationship with Linda Holliday, Bill Belichick was married to Debby Clarke for 28 years. Bill and Debby met in high school, but their marriage ended in 2006, a year before he met his current partner Linda Holliday.
Debby Clarke currently runs an interior design practice in Massachusetts, although two of her children with Belichick now work for the Patriots. Her three children have all embarked on their own successful coaching careers, and it seems that coaching runs in the Belichick bloodline.
Bill Belichick’s Sons and Daughter
Bill Belichick has three children with his ex-wife Debby; two sons Brian and Stephen and daughter Amanda. Like his own father, Bill Belichick tried to advise his children to consider other professions besides coaching. This did not work out, however, as all his children followed him into the coaching profession. All three Belichick children, like their father, ended up playing lacrosse in college.
Bill’s eldest son, Stephen, is now the Patriots’ safety coach, having played both lacrosse and football in college. In 2016 Stephen Belichick welcomed a daughter, Blakely Rose, who made Bill a grandfather.
The younger son, Brian, also joined the Patriots’ coaching staff as an assistant in the 2017 off-season, having previously worked as an assistant scout. Brian attended Trinity College in Connecticut, where he also played lacrosse.
The family’s only daughter, Amanda Belichick, is the head coach of Holy Cross’ women’s lacrosse team. Nobody in this family seems interested in doing anything else.
Thanks to many years of hard work invested in his passion for coaching and forgetting his team on the winning side at all times, Bill Belichick reportedly has net assets of approximately $35 million. In addition to the enormous net assets he has accumulated, an annual salary of $7.5 million makes Belichick one of the highest-paid coaches in the sport.
Bill Belichick stands at a height of 5ft 11 and his chest circumference is 40 centimeters. His biceps has a circumference of 14 inches, while his waist circumference is 34 inches. He weighs about 92 kg.
Bill Belichick is currently 65 years old.