Who is Bill Belichick?
William Stephen “Bill” Belichick was born on 16 April 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee USA, and is best known as an American Football coach, in particular the head coach of the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL). Working in that position, he holds authority over the team’s operations, and is a manager of the team as well. Prior to working in this position, Bill served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns also in the NFL.
Ancestry and Background
When it comes to Belichick’s ancestry, he was born into a family of part-Croatian lineage; his paternal grandparents, Marija and Ivan migrated from a Croatian village in 1897 to the US, ultimately settling in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
Early Life and Education
Belichick was born to Jeannette and Steve, and spent his formative years in Annapolis, Maryland, where his father worked as a football coach at the US Naval Academy, and besides that, Bill stated that his father was one of his most important football mentors, who he often studied football with. Speaking about his education, Bill was a student of Annapolis High School, and during his time there he actually played lacrosse. Having matriculated, he enrolled into the Phillips Academy, and followed by attending Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, graduating with an economics degree, and meantime playing football as well as captaining the lacrosse team and playing squash as well.
Bill started off his football coaching at the New York Giants in 1979, and then worked as an assistant linebackers coach in 1980. Five years later, he was appointed to serve as defensive co-ordinator, and under his part-authority, the team won the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowls. In 1991, he began working as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns, remaining in that position over the course of the four following years. One of his most controversial moves during that time was cutting quarterback Bernie Kosar in the 1993 season, who subsequently won a Super Bowl leading the Dallas Cowboys. In 1996, after being fired by the now Baltimore Ravens, he began working as assistant head coach of the New England Patriots, during which time the team won the AFC championship, but nonetheless lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. In the upcoming period, he also worked for the New York Jets from 1997-’99, but after finally being appointed head coach, promptly resigned.
New England Patriots
In 2000, he was hired by Robert Kraft to become the manager of the New England Patriots. Over the course of nine years, Bill split his responsibilities with Scott Pioli, however, he was still the one to make important decisions regarding the team. After his only losing season with “The Pats” in 2000, the following season the team went 11-5 in regular games, then beating the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Stealers on the way to their first Super Bowl win, in which Bill’s defense ended up holding the St. Louis Rams’ offense. An illegal video-making of the Jets signals in 2007 saw Belichick fined $500,000 and the franchise $250,000, however, the team then had a perfect 16-0 regular season in 2007, however, they failed in the Super Bowl, losing to the New York Giants. In 2008, the Patriots broke their record for regular season wins in a row, up to 21, and having lost some players who had been injured, the team still succeeded in managing their league-leading “eight consecutive seasons with a winning record”. However, they missed the playoffs having lost to the Miami Dolphins.
2010 – Present
In 2010, Bill’s team finished with a 14-2 result, nonetheless, they lost 28-21 to the New York Jets during the Divisional Round. In the following season the team had a 13-2 record and went on to win the AFC Championship, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20, however, they lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants. In 2013, Bill’s team continued achieving success, reaching Super Bowl XLIX and beating the Seattle Seahawks. Their most notable result was in the 2016 Super Bowl, when from trailing Atlanta 28-3, they won 34-28 in overtime. They then defeating the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round in 2017, and followed with victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in AFC Championship game, with which they claimed their second successive AFC title, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. Regardless, Bill has won five Super Bowls, and reached another three, an achievement unmatched by any other head coach in NFL history.
Net Worth and Salary
So just how rich is Bill Belichick as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this coach has a net worth of over $35 million, and according to the latest information, makes around $7.5 million on a yearly basis, indicating that he is certainly successful in his field. When it comes to his assets, he is the owner of luxurious houses located in places such as Weston and Hingham.
Wife, Girlfriend and Family
Speaking about Belichick’s private life, he was married to Debby Clarke from 1977 to 2006 from which Clarke and Bill have three children, Amanda, Stephen and Brian, however, the two then divorced. He was supposedly in a relationship with the former receptionist of the Giants, Sharon Shenocca, but was subsequently spotted with Linda Holiday in Arizona. Holiday and Bill are now officially in a relationship, and she serves as the director of the Bill Belichick Foundation.