The name Bret Bielema is one to reckon with as long as American College football is concerned. Having started his career as a defensive lineman during his days in college, he eventually decided to quit playing and take up the very demanding role of a coach. His gamble paid off as he went on to coach teams like the Wisconsin Badgers and Arkansas Razorbacks. Currently, he serves as a defensive consultant to the New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick.
Who is Bret Bielema?
Bret Bielema was born on January 13, 1970, to his parents Arnie Bielema and Marilyn Bielema. He is an American by nationality and possesses white ethnicity. Very little is known about his childhood except for the fact that he was raised by his parents alongside his three siblings –Betsy and Brandi in Prophetstown, Illinois. There is also no information as regards his early educational background; however, for his higher level of education, he attended the University of Iowa where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his college days, he was known to play as a defensive lineman from 1989-1992 for the college football team.
Upon graduation from college, he continued his football career by playing professionally for Milwaukee Mustangs in the Arena Football League. His venture into coaching began in 1994 when he served as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes, under the guardianship and mentorship of Hayden Fry. He served in that capacity till 1999 when he was made linebackers coach for the Hawkeyes. From 2002-2003, he served as a co-defensive coordinator for the Kansas State Wildcats. In 2004, he received a career boost after he was made assistant coach of the Wisconsin Badgers and two years later, he became the head coach.
After eight games as head coach of Wisconsin Badgers, Bret Bielema set a record for being the first coach of the club to win eight straight games in his first season. On the 21st of January 2007, he set another record, this time for being the third coach to win a maximum of 12 games in his first season as coach. On December 4, 2015, he resigned as head coach of Wisconsin Badgers and took up the job of head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
His time at Arkansas Razorbacks can be said as anything but impressive as he led them to their worst ever outing since getting promoted in 1992. The bad run continued for three more seasons until he was asked to relinquish his position as head coach on November 24, 2017. Since 2018, he has been working as a defensive consultant for New England Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick.
His Wife and Children
It’s no news that Bret Bielema is happily married to Jennifer Hielseberg. According to Bret, the initial foundation of their relationship was built on a lie. As the story goes, they met at Wynn Casino in Las Vegas; Jennifer had accompanied her best friend on a date as a third wheel. When it was time for introduction, he introduced himself as an MBA History professor, but after 4 months of dating, she found out he was a coach but didn’t care since she had gotten so attached to Bret already.
On April 1, 2011, they got engaged and eventually tied the knot on March 10, 2012. In 2015, the couple was arrested in Oxford by the police for having sex in public but the charges were dropped the following day after agreement with the police. That being said, the two are proud parents to a beautiful girl named Briella Nichole Bielema who was born July 7, 2017, at exactly 4:44 AM.
Bret Bielema’s Net worth and Salary
Currently, the net worth of famous American college football coach is estimated at a sum of $10 million. Speaking about his salary, he was known to earn a whopping $4.1 million annually during his time as Arkansas Razorbacks head coach, thereby making him the state’s highest-paid employee.
Body Measurements – Height and Weight
One look at Bret Bielema and you can deduce that he is a big man. While standing he has a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 91 kg. He also has a clean cut beard and a grey eye color that makes him look really manly.