The name Belichick conjures up images of the gridiron, especially in Massachusetts, where Bill Belichick has led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowls in 16 years. But that’s also the state where his daughter, Amanda, is in her first season as coach of the women’s lacrosse team at College of the Holy Cross. As it turns out, the Belichick name long has been associated with lacrosse, too: Bill played football and lacrosse at Wesleyan University, and his kids grew up with a lacrosse goal in their backyard.
Amanda Belichick followed in his Wesleyan lacrosse footsteps, tallying 47 goals and 25 assists before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2007. She started her coaching career at a preparatory school, then had a couple of stops as an assistant before taking her first head coaching job two years ago at her alma mater, where both she and her dad were once lacrosse team captains. When she was hired in August at Holy Cross, she fulfilled her dream of coaching a Division I team. “At the end of the day, teams are teams,” Amanda Belichick says. “My dad and my brothers tell me about experiences they’ve had in the past, and I can see how I can apply those things to my team.”