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William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the head coach of the New England Patriots, a team in the National Football League. He became the head coach of the Patriots after making an infamous resignation from the New York Jets head coaching position in what was supposed to be his introduction speech. He led the Patriots to Super Bowl titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The 2001 victory came just over two years after he was hired as head coach.
Belichick was raised in Annapolis, Maryland, and is a graduate of both Annapolis High School and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from Phillips, Belichick progressed to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he played center/tight end. In addition to being a member of the football team, he also played lacrosse and squash, serving as the captain of the lacrosse team during his senior season. He graduated in 1975 with a degree in economics.
Known for being one of the most reserved coaches in NFL history, especially to the press, his focus on the game of football have begun rumors that Belichick may have Asperger's Syndrome.
Belichick is married and has two sons and one daughter. His father, Steve Belichick , played for the Detroit Lions and was the head coach of the United States Naval Academy football team for 33 years.
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