Hollywood stories often paint a picture of high school sweethearts as this unending love story. While that was true for Debby Clarke and Bill for 29 years, it still did not match the high hopes that Hollywood gave us. For over 25 years, Debby Clarke Belichick was the woman behind one of the greatest football coaches to ever work in the NFL, Bill Belichick. In what was exactly 29 years of marriage, the couple went through periods of success and failures; but even for a high-profile relationship such as theirs, it was not enough to sustain them till death.
Her now ex-husband hasn’t stopped winning, however, leading the New England Patriots to six titles on the trot. It is a never-ending success that has ensured that despite being divorced, Debby Clarke’s name is on the lips of everyone as the woman who kickstarted the beginnings of the legendary coach.
There are already plenty of articles about Bill Belichick; here, we take a look at the woman who was there at the beginning. Keep reading to learn more about Debby Clarke Belichick.
Who Is Debby Clarke Belichick?
Debby Clarke’s story began in 1955, the month and date of which are unknown. She was born to parents who are believed to have been middle-class and is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.
Until Bill became a high-profile coach in the NFL, Debby Clarke lived a regular life. She attended Annapolis High School along with Bill Belichick, where they met and fall in love. What would have been just another high school love story in America turned into a high-profile relationship when Bill became one of the top coaches in the NFL. As he journeyed from one NFL team another, moving from the Broncos to the Giants and to the Patriots, his name and in turn, Debby Clarke’s popularity, rose across the country.
Their relationship eventually ended in 2004, with an alleged separation before an official divorce in 2006. It was 29 years after their wedding in 1977. In that time, not only did Bill’s career explode and he became a national icon, they also raised three children.
On her own, Debby Clarke Belichick has always sought to maintain a low profile. She runs a business, an interior design firm whose main focus is in tile & stone. Her business is named ‘Art of Tile and Stone’.
5 Facts About Debby Clarke Belichick
1. All Of Her Kids Are Coaches
Debby Clarke Belichick’s three children – Amanda, Brian, and Stephen have all followed in their father footsteps to become coaches.
Her son, Stephen is a coach for the Patriots, specifically the safeties coach after he spent some time with the team as the assistant coach. Her daughter, Amanda, is the coach of the Holy Cross College Lacrosse team. The only one who isn’t a full-on coach in the family is Brian, who works with the Patriots as a scouting assistant.
2. Debby Is A Philanthropist
Debby and her ex-husband established a foundation, the Bill Belichick Foundation, together. Despite the divorce, she has maintained a good enough relationship with Bill to continue her work with the foundation, supporting the preservation of nature and helping with the provision of opportunities in sports for people living with disabilities.
3. Debby Got A Separation Because Bill Belichick Cheated
There are very few things that can ruin a relationship faster than infidelity, even ones with history like Debby and Bill’s. Their relationship is said to have ended after Bill Belichick’s extramarital affairs were exposed to Debby. According to a report, Bill had been in a tryst with a former receptionist of the New York Giants – one of the team’s Belichick had coached over the course of her career.
Despite the gut-wrenching news, the couple quietly separated in 2004 in preparation for a divorce that was completed in 2006.
4. She Hasn’t Remarried
Debby Clarke Belichick has been single since 2006 but she has yet to get back into the throes of marriage, and even though her husband has been in a long-term relationship with Linda Holliday since 2007, he hasn’t remarried either.
5. Her Husband Is An Eight-Time Super Bowl Coach
Bill Belichick is considered a legend in the game and arguably the greatest coach in the NFL. The Super Bowl, which is the highest honor a player, coach or manager could win in the NFL has been won by Bill eight times, winning two as a defensive coordinator for the New York Giants before he won six with the Patriots to establish his legendary status.