In Memoriam: Steve Belichick

Jan. 7, 2019 would have been Steve Belichick’s 💯th birthday.
This page is a tribute to his life and career.


Stephen N. Belichick, born on January 7, 1919 in Monessen, Pennsylvania, was the son of Ivan (John) and Mary Barkovic Bilicic, both of the Karlovac region of Croatia. After a lengthy career as a football coach spanning nearly five decades, he died peacefully at his home in Annapolis, Maryland on November 19, 2005 at the age of 86.


Struthers High School – Class of 1936
Played football (FB) under head coach Mike Koma

Western Reserve University – Class of 1941
Admitted on a football scholarship and played under head coach Bill Edwards (also played basketball); earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts


NFL – 1941
Hired by the Detroit Lions as an equipment manager under head coach Bill Edwards (4-6-1); helped coach, and played in six games

Individual Stats
Position: Fullback
Height & Weight: 5’8”, 190 lbs.
Rushing: 28-118, Avg. 4.2, TD 2, Long 11
Receiving: 1-13, TD 0
Fumbles: 0
INTs: 1-10, TD 0,
Punt Returns: 1-77, TD 1
Kickoff Returns: 1-36, TD 0

All-America Football Conference – 1946
Drafted by the New York Yankees (football) as a fullback but never joined the team


Navy – 1942
After being drafted became an armed guard officer with an amphibious task force in the Pacific; played football at the Great Lakes Naval Station


Hiram College – 1946-1948
Coached football (8-12-2), men’s basketball (24-29) and track

Vanderbilt University – 1949-1952
Coached the defensive backs under head coach Bill Edwards

University of North Carolina – 1953-1955
Assistant football coach under George Barclay

United States Naval Academy – 1956-1989
Assistant football coach & scout under the following head coaches:
Eddie Erdelatz – 1950-1958 (50-26-8)
Wayne Hardin – 1959-1964 (38-22-2)
Bill Elias – 1965-1968 (15-22-3)
Rick Forzano – 1969-1972 (10-33-0)
George Welsh – 1973-1981 (55-46-1)
Gary Tranquill – 1982-1986 (20-34-1)
Elliott Uzelac – 1987-1989 (8-25-0)

Bowl Game Appearances:
1957 Cotton Bowl, vs. Rice (W, 20-7)
1960 Orange Bowl, vs. Missouri (L, 21-14)
1963 Cotton Bowl, vs. Texas (L, 28-6)
1978 Holiday Bowl, vs. Brigham Young (W, 23-16)
1980 Garden State Bowl, vs. Houston (L, 35-0)
1981 Liberty Bowl, vs. Ohio State (L, 31-28)
Wins over Army: 17


United States Naval Academy
Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education; retired as a tenured associate professor


Struthers High School Hall of Fame
Struthers High School Class of 1937

Spartan Club Hall of Fame
Western Reserve University Class of 1941


3 Penny Films presents: “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories of Service—Steve Belichick”
Recounts his humble beginnings, from the Depression and living in a closet at college, to his WWII service and lifelong commitment coaching future military leaders. Features interviews with Bill Belichick, his cousin Mary Yurcich, Navy Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem, and former New York Giant Phil McConkey.



Note: This is a recreation of the original page, All Things Steve Belichick, created in 2005. Some of these stories are no longer available online. ATBB has backups which will eventually be restored.

Struthers Names Athletic Complex After Former NFL Player
{WFMJ, Jul. 16, 2019}: “Struthers City Schools held their July board of education meeting on Tuesday. At the meeting, action was taken to announce the name of the new athletic complex. The complex will be named the Steve Belichick Complex after the former Struthers football star.”

Bill Belichick Makes Surprise Appearance At Football Banquet
{Capital Gazette, Feb. 19, 2016}: “It was a star-studded night at the 62nd annual Touchdown Club of Annapolis Football Banquet with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick making a surprise appearance Thursday to present the special award named in honor of his father. Buddy Green, who recently announced his retirement after nearly four decades in collegiate coaching, received the Steve Belichick Coach's Award from the Touchdown Club.”

How The ‘Wildcat’ Infiltrated The Pros’ Offenses & What It Means For The Game
{Wall Street Journal, Sept. 14, 2009}: “After the ploddingly crushing rugby-like scrums and somewhat oxymoronically named ‘Flying Wedges’ of yore were outlawed, in the interest of safety, back in 1905, [Pop] Warner took advantage of new rules allowing, among other things, the forward pass and arrived at a scheme that should by now sound familiar: an unbalanced offensive line with a quarterback positioned just behind one of the strong-side tackles, a pair of running backs waiting in the quarterback’s shotgun position to take the snap from center, and off beyond the strong-side end, the roving, multipurpose ‘wingback,’ who gave the Single-wing its name. The best athletes of their day, wingbacks are now the stuff of football legend: George Gipp of Notre Dame, Michigan’s Tom Harmon, Nile Kinnick of Iowa and Western Reserve’s Steve Belichick, father of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.”

Full Speed Ahead For Belichick, Just A Chip Off The Navy Block
{Baltimore Sun, Jan. 21, 2007}: “At Steve Belichick’s funeral in November 2005, former Mids captain Tom Lynch – who later served as school superintendent – told the gathered crowd of a day when players were glued to TV reports of the Cuban missile crisis. For Navy men, it looked like ‘World War III,’ Lynch said, as Navy ships appeared headed for a showdown with the Soviets. Somewhere in the background was Steve Belichick, fuming and about to have a crisis of his own. ‘Smoke was coming out of his ears,’ Lynch said that day. ‘And he said, ‘Don’t these people know we have Pitt this weekend?’’”

Top 10 Out-Of-Print Books Of 2006
{, Dec. 20, 2006}:, a website that facilitates searches for and purchases of used, rare and out-of-print books, has announced the Top 10 most sought-after out-of-print books on the website in 2006…. #2: Football Scouting Methods (1963), Steve Belichick.

Belichick Book Collection To Be Preserved At The Naval Academy
{US Naval Academy, Oct. 12, 2006}: “Steve Belichick began collecting books on football in the 1950s while scouting college football games. When traveling, Steve would always arrive in town early so he had time to find a local bookstore and see if he could make any new discoveries. Bill joined his father in collecting books in the late 1970s and helped supplement his father’s collection. The book collection is one of the largest of its kind, featuring over 400 books and several hundred more periodicals dating back to the 1890s and including such historical works as Amos Alonzo Stagg’s Practical Thesis in Football, Walter Camp’s American Football and Bob Zuppke’s Football Techniques & Tactics.”

Belichick Award Scores At TD Banquet
{The Capital, Feb. 17, 2006}: “Something was different last night. There was a new award. And the sudden bond forged between the late Steve Belichick, for whom the award is named, and George Belt Jr., the first recipient of the award, simply knocked the socks off the huge crowd that filled the Annapolis Radisson Hotel ballroom…. Naming the award for Belichick after the long time Naval Academy assistant coach passed away in November of 2005 paid homage to an Annapolis resident who was deeply involved in sports without seeking a spotlight for his achievements.”

Touchdown Club: Belt Will Be Honored With First Belichick Award
{The Capital, Feb. 14, 2006}: “Thursday night at the 52nd annual Touchdown Club of Annapolis football awards banquet … Touchdown Club president Rick Dion will announce the establishment of the Steve Belichick Coaches’ Award, which will perpetuate the memory of the longtime Navy assistant who died this past fall. [George] Belt, recreation leader at the Stanton Community Center since 1980, will be the inaugural recipient. Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, will be on hand to fete his father and recognize Belt on what figures to be an emotional night.”

Nothing Could Have Prepared Him
{Boston Globe, Jan. 14, 2006}: “The teachings of Steve Belichick have clearly never left his son, who learned to identify the nuances of the game by accompanying his father to work. Steve Belichick believed you should not draw attention to yourself. When you lose, you should not single out individuals. His son dutifully implemented that philosophy, which he absorbed as a young man growing up on the campus of the Naval Academy.”

Film Captures Father’s Glory: Belichick revisits NFL in ‘41
{Boston Globe, Dec. 24, 2005}: “Bill Belichick may be the best at what he does in the 21st-century NFL, but there is a certain twinkle in his eye reserved for the leather-helmet days of the old National Football League. Leather helmets like the circa 1940s one the Patriots coach whipped out yesterday to show the small media contingent gathered for his final press conference before Monday night’s game against the Jets. Besides the old helmet, Belichick had with him a pair of roughed-up, high-top Spot-Bilt shoes that his father Steve wore in his playing days. Perhaps they were the ones the elder Belichick was wearing when he ripped off a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers Oct. 26, 1941. It was the lone score that day for the Detroit Lions in a 24-7 loss, and it came in the first professional game for Steve Belichick, in his only season in the NFL.”

A Final Navy Salute
{Baltimore Sun, Nov. 24, 2005}: “Steve Belichick, the longtime Navy assistant football coach and scout extraordinaire, was remembered during funeral services at the Naval Academy Chapel as flinty tough, indefatigable and fair-minded, not only by his successful son, but also by his former players and fellow coaches. ‘Steve knew football inside and out, plus he cared about you as a person,’ said former Navy and Detroit Lions coach Rick Forzano. ‘He was recognized around the country for his expertise, and he had many coaching opportunities. They were presented to him just about every year. But Steve wanted to be in just one place, the United States Naval Academy.’”

Given Proper Naval Sendoff
{Boston Globe, Nov. 24, 2005}: “It was the day before Thanksgiving and approximately 200 people gathered to say goodbye to the 86-year-old father of the New England Patriots coach…. The college chaplain spoke of all the lives Steve Belichick had touched. Former player Tom Lynch said Steve will always be God’s football coach, and delivered a message from Heisman winner Roger Staubach (‘Steve was our rock. He was our integrity.’). Former Navy coach Rick Forzano, a friend for 46 years, looked at Steve’s widow and said, ‘You are a champion to coaches’ wives.’”

Coaching Legend Steve Belichick’s Funeral Draws Football Greats
{The Capital, Nov. 24, 2005}: “Football greats turned out yesterday to say farewell to former Naval Academy assistant coach Steve Belichick. The eulogy by his only child, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, gave the 200 in attendance at the Naval Academy Chapel snippets from a life dedicated to football and teaching.”

Naval Academy Holds Belichick Funeral
{Associated Press, Nov. 23, 2005}: “Those in attendance at Steve Belichick’s funeral Wednesday spoke repeatedly of his three loves: his family, football and the United States Naval Academy.… ‘He had three great loves in his life: football, his family and this school, and he was fully committed and attentive to each every day of his life,’ said former Naval Academy superintendent Tom Lynch. ‘I was one of thousands of midshipmen to pass through this man’s life.… It was only many years later when reflecting on the values, commitment and genuine concern Steve expressed for each of us, that I began to realize and appreciate the impact he had on our lives.”

A Coach’s Son
{USA TODAY, Nov. 23, 2005}: “Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s father, Steve, who died Saturday at 86, wouldn’t have traded his 33 years as a former assistant coach at the Naval Academy. Steve Belichick had a chance to be an NFL assistant with the Baltimore Colts. But Belichick turned down the higher-profile opportunity to remain home in Annapolis, Md., to coach at the Naval Academy from 1956 to 1989 and to raise his young son, Bill. He never regretted the choice.”

A Full Life Of Football, Till The Very End
{By David Halberstam, Special to The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2005}: “There was, as the clock was running down in the final seconds of the Super Bowl this year and the New England Patriots were about to win their third NFL title in four years, a wonderful scene that might easily have been scripted in Hollywood. An older man, 86 years old to be exact, who always stayed in the background whenever there were television cameras around, moved from his spot on the sideline to be with his son, Bill Belichick, the coach of the Patriots, in that final sweet moment of triumph, arriving there just in time for the traditional Gatorade bath. And thus did Steve Belichick, a classic lifer as a coach, 33 years as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, who coached and scouted because he loved the life and needed no additional fame (and in fact, much like his son, thought fame more of a burden than an asset), get his one great moment of true national celebrity, the two men – son and father – awash in the ritual bath of the victorious.”

Viewing And Funeral Arrangements For Steve Belichick
{Naval Academy Athletics, Nov. 21, 2005}: “The Belichick family will receive friends to honor the memory of Steve Belichick on Tuesday, November 22 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Home, located at 147 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis, Maryland. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at the Naval Academy Chapel beginning at 11:00 a.m. The burial will take place at the Naval Academy Cemetery.”

The Steve Belichick Scholarship Fund
{Navy Sports, Nov. 21, 2005}: “In lieu of flowers, the Belichick family has asked that donations be made in Steve Belichick’s memory to the Steve Belichick Scholarship Fund, established to reward outstanding student-athletes at Steve Belichick’s alma mater, Struthers High School in Struthers, Ohio. The grant will provide opportunities to college candidates in the same way that a scholarship enabled Steve Belichick to attend college at Western Reserve. Donations can be sent to: Steve Belichick Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 715, Foxborough MA 02035.”

Steve Belichick, Coach Who Wrote The Book On Scouting, Dies At 86
{New York Times, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Stephen Nickolas Belichick was born in 1919 in Monessen, Pa., and he grew up in Struthers, Ohio. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1941, he wanted to become a high school coach, but he faced the prospect of military service. He got a job as an equipment man for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. There was no salary, but each player put a dollar a week into a pool to pay him.”

Steve Belichick: Coach Among Coaches
{The Capital, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Annapolis lost a treasure this weekend. Steve Belichick died. The former Naval Academy assistant football coach had, in recent years, taken great pride in being known as Bill Belichick’s father. When your son wins Super Bowls and becomes an icon in the business you taught him, there is great reason for that feeling. Steve Belichick was an icon in his own right. Bill Belichick’s ability to understand and master the intricacies of the game of football didn't come from the clear blue sky. Long before Bill Belichick became known as a coaching genius, Steve Belichick had made his reputation as an outstanding coach and a super scout.”

Belichick Learned Well From Dad
{Boston Globe, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Steve Belichick was 86. As much as any man could, he had lived the life he wished to live. His son is also a football man – specifically a professional football man – and yesterday afternoon he did what professional football men do. He directed his team to a 24-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints. His players were not aware that their coach had done his duty with what he would later describe as ‘a heavy heart.’ ‘None of us had a clue,’ said Adam Vinatieri. ‘He kept it inside. He didn’t let it distract him.’ That Bill Belichick would be stoic in a moment of personal sorrow comes as no shock. The coach is legendary for his ability to compartmentalize his life. Coaching a football game is the best possible way for Belichick to honor his father. Anyone who knows even the slightest thing about them is aware that a love of football was their great bond.”

Former Navy Assistant Steve Belichick Dies At 86
{Washington Post, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Steve Belichick, a former Navy assistant football coach and father of New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, died of heart failure Saturday night at his Annapolis home. He was 86. Steve Belichick worked at the Naval Academy from 1956 to 1989, during which Navy played in six bowl games and featured Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach. Navy won nine games four times and finished with 14 winning seasons during his tenure. Belichick spent Saturday afternoon in the press box at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium mingling with Navy athletic personnel while watching Navy’s 38-17 victory over Temple.”

Morning After Week 11: Father and Son Story
{, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Condolences to New England coach Bill Belichick, a man I’ve long considered a good friend, on the recent passing of his father. I first met Steve Belichick – who died Saturday at age 86 following a long and storied career as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy – in the week preceding Super Bowl XXXI at New Orleans in 1997. At that time, Bill Belichick was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots, with Bill Parcells as head coach, and I was assigned to serve as ‘pool reporter’ for the New England practices. Translation: I was the lone scribe permitted to watch practice and I then filed a pool report for everyone else after the sessions. Bill made it a point to introduce me to his father, a very proud dad, and I spent time chatting it up pretty good with Steve Belichick on the sidelines as the practices took place at Tulane University.”

Steve Belichick, Legendary Figure At Academy, Dies
{The Capital, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk was among those who spoke with Mr. Belichick on Saturday and said he was ‘sickened’ to hear of his passing. ‘The Naval Academy suffered a great loss today with the passing of Steve Belichick’ Mr. Gladchuk said in a prepared statement. ‘He has been a part of the fabric of this institution for 50 years and touched the lives of thousands of Midshipmen.’ Contacted at home last night, Mr. Gladchuk recalled the almost daily sight of Mr. Belichick drinking coffee and reading the newspaper in Ricketts Hall. ‘Steve was such a constant presence around the office it seemed as though he was part of the staff,’ Mr. Gladchuk said. ‘To be around Steve was always fascinating because he knew so much about the history and tradition of this institution, and particularly Navy football.’”

Even In His Darkest Hours, Belichick’s Brilliance Shines
{Providence Journal, Nov. 21, 2005}: “There never was any thought that Bill Belichick wouldn’t be on the sidelines with his team Sunday afternoon. People would have understood if Belichick had decided to fly to Annapolis Sunday morning. But those people don't understand what makes Belichick tick. As [Tedy] Bruschi said: ‘His father would have wanted him to get the victory first.’ ‘Coach Belichick and his dad were very close,’ [veteran linebacker Don] Davis said. ‘That’s the reason he’s coaching.’ Bill Belichick’s coaching is the reason the Patriots have three Lombardi trophies. ‘I’d always thought players won games,’ Pats punter Josh Miller said yesterday. ‘Until I came here. This was an unbelievable awakening. This staff brings out the best in you.’”

Steve Belichick, 86: Was Scout for Football & Father of Patriots’ Coach
{Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Steve Belichick, an influential college football scout for decades and the father of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, died Saturday night of heart failure. He was 86. ‘I coached this game with a heavy heart,’ Bill Belichick said after yesterday’s 24-17 win over the New Orleans Saints. ‘I found out about it the middle of last night.’ The Patriots’ coach learned his meticulous game preparation by watching his father, an assistant coach at Navy for 33 years. ‘Obviously, he had a tremendous influence on my life personally, and particularly in the football aspect,’ Bill Belichick said. ‘It was great to be able to share the tremendous memories with him and some of our recent successes.’”

Patriots 24, Saints 17
{Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2005}: “Bill Belichick showed how focused he can be when there’s a game to win. Hours after his father died, Belichick led his New England Patriots into Sunday’s 24-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints. His sideline demeanor hadn’t changed. His players didn’t know. And his sights for those three-plus hours were zeroed in on his usual goal – winning.”

Navy Coaching Legend Steve Belichick Dies At The Age Of 86
{Navy Sports, Nov. 20, 2005}: “‘The Naval Academy suffered a great loss today with the passing of Steve Belichick,’ said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. ‘He has been a part of the fabric of this institution for 50 years and has touched the lives of thousands of Midshipmen, staff, alumni and friends. We will miss his daily visits to Ricketts Hall where we got a chance to learn so much about the history and traditions of this institution through Steve. He never lost his love of the Academy and you could sense it every time you were with him. Today we’ve all lost a great friend and mentor.’”

Thorough Halberstam Checks Under the Hood
{Boston Globe, Nov. 8, 2005}: “Halberstam’s admittance into the inner circle has resulted in a must-read for not only Patriots fans but any reader of biographies. It is a collaboration of two formidable intellects, each of whom is able to focus his mental capacities at full wattage on a single subject. ‘At its core, the book is the examination of one man’s intelligence and the application of it,’ said Halberstam. ‘There are a lot of smart people who spend all their time spinning their wheels. It was because of his father that Bill learned he can pragmatically have such a singular concentration on football.’”

Belichick’s Dad Coached At Vanderbilt University
{Nashville City Paper, Feb. 2, 2005}: “Steve Belichick got a job on coach Paul Brown’s staff with the Cleveland Browns in the late 1940s after being introduced to Brown by Edwards, whom Belichick knew from his home near Massilon, Ohio. When Edwards got the head coaching job at Vanderbilt in 1949, Belichick went with him. Bill was born in Nashville three years later. When Bill was four in 1956, his father joined the Naval Academy staff and remained there until 1988.”

Humble Road Led To Belichick’s Dynasty
{Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2005}: “‘I made [Bill] a center because he couldn’t run,’ Steve Belichick said. ‘He could get in people’s way, and that was his best position. One day Bill said to me his coach didn’t really have the right blocking scheme for the defense they were playing, what should he do? I told him to tell him, ‘Coach, it might look like this from the sideline, but this guy is on me, that guy is on the guard and the other guy is on the tackle, and we should block it this other way.’’”

For Belichick, Father Truly Knew Best
{Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2005}: “Belichick’s football education…had a simple beginning: He just wanted to spend more time with his father. ‘He wanted to be with me, and I wanted to be with him,’ said Steve, who, with Jeannette, will journey to the Super Bowl to be with Bill, just as they always have. ‘He was probably 5 or 6 years old when he started to get interested. The three of us drove down to William & Mary to scout a spring game because we were going to play them in the next year, and that’s when I remember him showing his first interest. I’d take him to games with me when I could. He was always interested in what I was doing. He was never a bother.’”

Dad Taught Belichick to Run a Tight Ship
{Boston Globe, Jan. 26, 2005}: “The dad of the coach was a coach. More than most, he can appreciate what he’s been watching almost every Sunday of the NFL season for the last few years. ‘This is what you strive for,’ said 86-year-old Steve Belichick, who retired in 1989 after 33 years of scouting and assistant coaching at the Naval Academy. ‘That’s what you’ve got when you have everybody on the same page, with the same objective, and they don’t care who gets the credit.’”

Steve Belichick Says Son Hasn’t Changed
{Canton Repository, Jan. 2, 2005}: “Brightly colored streamers flowed from the tall ceiling. The front part of the enormous room was filled with people listening to a man on a stage. An old man who looked slightly like some pictures of George Halas stood in the back half of the room, near the coffee and almond bran muffins. It was Steve Belichick. He wasn’t listening to the man on the stage. He was defending him.”

Master And Commander
{Sports Illustrated, Aug. 9, 2004}: “Even at age nine, Bill Belichick had football on the brain. He was devoted to his father, a longtime assistant coach and scout at Navy. Son joined Dad whenever he could. If Steve had to drive to the Baltimore airport to pick up films on that week’s opponent, Bill rode with him. Once home, Bill not only watched the films but also saw how his father diagrammed plays. When Bill was nine or 10, he tagged along to the weekly Monday-night meeting, at which players were given the scouting report for the next game.”

More Than A Coach
{Eagle-Tribune, Jan. 25, 2004}: “Steve, a defensive assistant and pre-eminent scout, was offered a job as an assistant coach in the NFL with Weeb Eubanks and the Baltimore Colts, as well as Hank Stram and the Kansas City Chiefs at different points in his career. He told both of them no. ‘Back then they played six preseason games,’ said Steve. ‘That would have meant I was away the entire summer at training camp. There was no way I was going to be away from my family that long. I wanted to be around Bill, especially when he was growing up. That meant too much to me.’”

Invincibility Of Belichick Enhanced By His Invisibility
{USA TODAY, Jan. 19, 2004}: “Paul Brown, now there was a football coach. Best football coach of all time, Steve Belichick will tell you. They would play golf together, and Belichick would attend all the camps Brown ran after the war was finally won. ‘But as great as Paul was,’ Belichick said, ‘I don't think he ever walked into a room and took it over.’”

Man Behind The Scenes Never Seen
{Boston Globe, Jan. 9, 2004}: “[His wife] was the one who told Steve to rewrite his book on football scouting because it contained too much technical language. He initially disagreed and then conceded she was right…. ‘I’m telling you, I’m No. 3 in our family when it comes to brains,’ Steve Belichick said. ‘And I’m a distant third. My wife and son are kicking dust in my face. I used to be able to say I was No. 1 in football, but I can’t even say that anymore.’”

Preparation Leads Belichick To Top
{Pro Football Weekly, Dec. 22, 2003}: “Passing judgment on [Bill] Belichick based on popular opinion skips Step 1 in the Steve Belichick Guide to Making Your Own Decisions: Go straight to the facts. ‘They made him out to be the village idiot in Cleveland,’ Steve Belichick said, adding that the Browns’ 11-win season in 1994 was a miracle of a coaching job. ‘That's the way it is. When you win, you are really smart. If you lose, you aren’t.’”

A Salute To Veterans
{Pro Football Hall of Fame, Nov. 15, 2003}: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame paid tribute to the men and women who served their country as members of the armed forces with its third annual Salute to Veterans observance Saturday (Nov. 15)…. A special Salute to Veterans program was conducted in the Hall’s NFL Films Theater. The program featured former Naval Academy football coach and World War II veteran, Steve Belichick.”

Change In Game Plan
{, Feb. 2, 2002}: “They are calling Steve Belichick’s son a defensive genius this week. But when someone compared his genius to three-time Super Bowl champion Bill Walsh’s offensive magna cum laude, Steve Belichick bristled. ‘You know where Bill Walsh got that West Coast offense? Paul Brown,’ Steve Belichick said. ‘It should be called the Ohio River offense or the Lake Erie offense. He admitted that at a coaches’ convention in Dallas. Hells bells. (Brown’s) contributions are great… The NFL should erect a damn monument to him.’”

Father Knows (Belichick) Best
{Boston Globe, Feb. 1, 2002}: “For more than 30 minutes, the senior Belichick freely discussed a wide range of subjects, appearing to enjoy himself as he held court with many of the reporters who say his son is either a stuffed shirt, an SOB, or, at best, a difficult guy to get to know. Whatever the perception, Steve Belichick made it clear no one should doubt his son’s work ethic or his vision for achieving what he sets out to do.”

Coaching Out Of The Blocks
{Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2002}: “Steve’s job at Navy for years was unusual, even in the coaching ranks. He was the advance scout for most games, which meant he only saw Navy play its season finale against Army and in subsequent bowl games. And Bill saw up close the toll that commitment to coaching takes – Steve saw only one of Bill’s high school games. To make up for the absences, Steve frequently took Bill along on scouting trips.”

Moment In The Sun
{Boston Herald, Dec. 23, 2001}: “The old man caught the eyes of the young man first. Or was it the other way around? ‘It was simultaneous,’ said the older man. ‘He saw me coming, I saw him coming. We hugged.’ Father and son. Steve and Bill Belichick.”

Belichick’s Dad Knows Best
{New York Post, Jan. 6, 2000}: “Steve Belichick did not talk to his son yesterday. He said that some people in the Jets organization really don’t understand his son, specifically club president Steve Gutman, who on Tuesday said that Bill Belichick was going through ‘inner turmoil.’ … ‘When Steve Gutman made that remark he showed he doesn’t really know how to judge people,’ the elder Belichick said. ‘I guarantee you one thing: Bill has analyzed the situation and will do what is best for him and his family.’”

The Man Behind The Mask
{Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 18, 1994}: “‘At the start of his senior year, I didn’t know what Bill planned to do after college,’ Steve Belichick said. ‘He did so well in his business courses, that Procter & Gamble twice visited him on campus trying to recruit him for its management-trainee program. It was during his second semester that Bill told me that he wanted to coach. I wasn’t surprised, given how he grew up. But I never even suggested that he think about coaching. It was a decision he made on his own.’”

Belichick Family History
{Croatian Chronicle}: “Ivan Belicic and Mary Barkovic had 1 daughter and 4 boys. Stephen ‘Steve’ was son #3…. He belongs to CFU and his nieces visited Karlovac and relatives in villages of Draganic, Lazanic and Barkovic. They associated with other Croats in Pennsylvania and Ohio and relatives go by names of Yurcich, Buyan/Boyan and Brigich.”



Extensions of Remarks: Speech of Hon. Martin T. Meehan of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives – Steve Belichick (1919-2005): An Authentic Coach and Father
17-Dec-2005, Congressional Record
“Steve Belichick had remained out of our sight until the camera caught others showering him and son in victory. It is much the same reason why Bill Belichick often deflects praise and attention. It is simply not the Belichick way of doing things. When Steve Belichick passed away on November 19, 2005 at the age of 86, it was fitting that we remember him as reluctantly tasting success. And it was fitting that he be with his son. It can be said that a father always dreams of being less accomplished than his own child, because there is no greater accomplishment for any father. It is a lesson that Steve Belichick has taught us well.”

Bill Belichick Radio Interview
28-Nov-2005, WEEI

“When he wrote [Football Scouting Methods], I was eight years old, so I wasn’t really too much a part of that. But what he did, probably like any kid with their father, when he brought work home, I was interested in it. And then he would do things like, when he would give the scouting report to the team, I would be able to come and tag along with him and sit there while he gave the scouting report for the team that he had scouted to the Midshipmen – Bellino and Staubach and all those guys. So that was kind of cool to hang around. Then on Tuesday nights – the Midshipmen are on a pretty tight schedule, so I think they had an hour on Tuesday night and that’s when they would come over and watch film – he would get the whole team in there. It was just him, and the team, and me. Then he would put the projector on and go through the team and point out things that they should be aware of, whether it was formations or splits or stance or whatever. And so as he did that I definitely started picking some things up.”

Armen Keteyian with Steve & Jeannette Belichick
27-Nov-2005, The NFL Today on CBS
“Steve Belichick: This is Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1893. [He hands Armen the book] Now, he made great contributions to the game of football. Armen Keteyian: Scientific and Practical Treatise. ‘With happy memories and best wishes to my friend Steve Belichick, Paul E. Brown.’ How many [books] do you have here, Steve, do you think? Steve: I think I have around 500 total. Not all of them are here – some of them are upstairs, some of them are in boxes. I started collecting them in the late ‘50s and the early ‘60s. I would go scout, and some of the towns had great bookstores. Used books. I would bring them home and they’d be sitting on the table and [Bill] would pick it up and look at it.”

Remembering Steve Belichick
24-Nov-2005, PBS Online NewsHour
“Journalist and author David Halberstam discusses his new book about the late Steve Belichick, a former assistant football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and father of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.” A NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript, with Jeffrey Brown.

Dante Scarnecchia Press Conference
23-Nov-2005, New England Patriots
“I told the team a story about him yesterday and I’ll share it with you guys. We were out in training camp six years ago down at Bryant [College]. It was about three weeks into it and the offense hated the defense and the defense hated the offense. It was hot and it was miserable. Coach [Steve] Belichick was out on the field with us and kind of behind the huddle. We had just run a reverse and one of the offensive players blew up a defensive player and they were mad and [darned] if on the next play we threw an interception and here came the defense roaring the down the field. It was ugly. It looked like the Mongrel Horde coming at the offense and there were bodies flying everywhere. Coach Belichick got right in the middle of it and got blown up. His hat went one way. His glasses went another way. It looked like a yard sale out there. On the ground was Coach Belichick and I looked out there and I said, ‘Holy [cow], he isn’t getting up. He’s not getting up.’ Typical of him, he jumped up and said, ‘You guys ain’t so tough!’ He put his hat back on and he was fine. A great guy.”

Scott Pioli on Steve Belichick during Patriots Monday on WEEI
“The first road scouting trip that I ever did, I was down seeing Syracuse play the University of West Virginia in fabulous Morgantown, West Virginia, and I get up to the press box and as I’m getting set up – I’m there real early – I see the nametag in the seat next to me in the press box – it says Steve Belichick. The one on the other side it says Jeannette Belichick. So a couple minutes later, in comes Steve Belichick and Jeanette, who I had gotten to know sometime before, and it was unbelievable. It was right down to business. Steve broke out his books, his pens, his paper, and Jeannette broke out her markers and highlighters and they went right to work. He’s calling out names and she’s circling them and highlighting them. It was an unbelievable experience. My first time out on the road, I was uptight as it was. Before you know it, Steve and Jeannette are in there and they’re working faster than me. I had to pick up the pace a little bit.”

Bill Belichick Postgame Statement
20-Nov-2005, New England Patriots
“Personally, I coached this game with a heavy heart. My dad passed away. I found out about it in the middle of last night. Obviously, he had a tremendous influence on my life personally and, particularly in the football aspect, it was great to be able to share some of the tremendous memories with him and some of our recent successes, as I did when I was a kid and he was successful as a coach at the Naval Academy and that program. Yesterday he did what he enjoyed doing, he went and watched Navy play, watched them win. Some of his former players were there. Had dinner and I spoke with them after the game. And like he normally does Saturday night, sitting around watching college football. His heart just stopped beating. So I’m sure that's the way he would have wanted it to end. He went peacefully, which for him is unusual.”

David Halberstam Radio Interview
02-Nov-2005, WEEI
“The book was going to be, ‘How did you get to where you are, and who taught you?’ And I think the fact that so much of it would be about his father, Steve Belichick – wonderful man, 33 years, great coach. But no one knew his name. A lifer. Probably the best scout of his generation. But his name had never been in print. If there’s a photograph of Steve Belichick in anything but maybe The Baltimore Sun at a Navy game, I’d be surprised. And I think he saw it possibly as an homage to his father.”

Bill Belichick Radio Interview
06-Dec-2004, WEEI
“I remember when I was a kid and my father was coaching at Navy. He was a defensive coach – coached the secondary, coached the linebackers at different points during his career there. I remember one game where I said that to him after the game – you know, where I really thought the other team kind of ran it up on you. And he said, as a defensive coach would say, ‘You know what, it’s our job to keep the score down, not theirs. We’re on defense. That’s what our job is, to keep them from scoring.’ Having been a defensive coordinator, those words have rung in my head many times. When they're moving the ball, when they’re scoring points, it’s your job to stop them. Not their job to … [Host: Stop themselves.] Right, pull back.”



Excerpt from The Education of a Coach, by David Halberstam
Exclusive to All Things Bill Belichick
“Years later Bill Belichick would understand what made his father so good a scout: the absolute dedication to his craft, the belief that it was important, and the fact that so many people – the people who paid his salary, his colleagues, and the young men who played for him – were depending on him. But it was not just about the superior work ethic; it was about the natural abilities. Steve Belichick had been blessed with great eyesight, 20/15, he was told. He had come to believe, though no one had ever measured him on this, that he had great peripheral vision, as well, because when he played he had been able to see the play as it opened up, and the dangers that existed for him on the periphery. He could see clearly where other people had black areas. But it was more than just a gift of exceptional vision; it was the ability to use that vision, to be able, as a scout, to anticipate the play and read it. No one did that better than Steve Belichick.”

First Chapter: The Education of a Coach
27-Nov-2005, The New York Times
“Steve Belichick got to his son’s side just in time to be soaked by Gatorade in the ritual shower of the victorious. That gave him his first great moment of celebrity, coming at the end of a six-decade career of playing and coaching football, and that moment was witnessed by much of the entire nation, live and in color, on national television. One could imagine one of those Disneyland commercials, generally accorded the young and instantly famous at moments like these, when a voice would ask, ‘Steve Belichick, you’ve been coaching and playing for sixty, years, where are you going now that your son has won his third Super Bowl in four years?’”

Laura London