Belichick Plaza ded­i­cated to honor fa­mous Pa­tri­ots coach

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Olivia Drake

MID­DLE­TOWN — In a cer­e­mony Fri­day dur­ing Wes­leyan’s Home­com­ing/ Fam­ily Week­end, Wes­leyan of­fi­cials ded­i­cated Belichick Plaza in honor of dis­tin­guished alumni Bill Belichick, head coach of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, and his daugh­ter, alumna Amanda Belichick.

Belichick Plaza houses the Wes­leyan Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame and is lo­cated at the War­ren Street en­trance of the Free­man Ath­letic Cen­ter. Bill Belichick was named to the Wes­leyan Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Belichicks were joined at the rib­bon cut­ting by Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Mike Whalen, Wes­leyan’s Frank V. Sica di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics, Board of Trustees Chair Donna Morea and Pres­i­dent Michael S. Roth.

“The great thing about this school and what this build­ing stands for is that at Wes­leyan, we have stu­dent ath­letes here. You don’t have to choose be­tween be­ing a stu­dent or be­ing an ath­lete, you can be both,” Bill Belichick said dur­ing the ded­i­ca­tion.

“That’s what I was in col­lege, and that’s what Amanda was look­ing for — to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­col­le­giate ath­let­ics and also be chal­lenged at a high level aca­dem­i­cally. Here, you can re­ally do both,” he said.

Amanda Belichick, a his­tory ma­jor at Wes­leyan, was cap­tain of the lacrosse team while a stu­dent. She served as head coach of women’s lacrosse at Wes­leyan from 2013–15, as well as ad­junct pro­fes­sor of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion. She is head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at the Col­lege of the Holy Cross in Worces­ter, Mass.

Roth praised Amanda for “her en­ergy, ded­i­ca­tion, her spirit, her en­thu­si­asm and smarts for ath­let­ics in a lib­eral arts con­text.”

Whalen said the mis­sion state­ment for the Belichick Fam­ily Foun­da­tion was “to bring the val­ues of the Belichick fam­ily — a love of sports, coach­ing and team build­ing — to ath­letic lead­ers of to­mor­row.

“To have the Belichick fam­ily name — af­ter Amanda and Bill — on this build­ing, so that ev­ery day, when our stu­dent-ath­letes come through those doors and they see that name, they’ll think of ex­cel­lence. And that is what we’re build­ing here,” Whalen said.

Olivia Drake/Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity

Bill Belichick with Head Coach Dan DiCenzo and the Wes­leyan foot­ball team.

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