Belichick stays true to Wesleyan roots

BOSTON -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed an estimated group of 120 alumni, student-athletes, parents, administrators and supporters of the Wesleyan University athletics department at a Thursday fundraiser at the Boston College Club in downtown Boston.

The event was to support the funding of a new turf field on campus to be used by multiple varsity teams, including both the football and men’s lacrosse programs.

Belichick (Class of 1975) was a letterman in both sports and a captain of the lacrosse team as a senior. He has maintained ties to his alma mater, and shared stories from his career as an NFL coach, while stressing the importance of preparation and leadership.

He expressed that preparing efficiently is aided by having the necessary facilities and support staff in place, something he has valued during his 13-year tenure as Patriots head coach. That extends beyond just the playing field, as Belichick noted the role of a strong training staff, nutritionist, weight room and more.

Belichick took a few moments to address the members of the football team in attendance, calling upon each of them take a leadership role in their program – regardless of age or stature – something he says he has done with every current Patriot. He cited stylistic differences in leadership, but reminded them that any quality leader starts by doing his own job first and always doing what is best for the team, much like past Patriots Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi and current quarterback Tom Brady.

Wesleyan, located in Middletown, Conn., has an enrollment on roughly 2,900 undergraduate students, and is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.