Debby Clarke Belichick is a successful American businesswoman who is still more famous not for her entrepreneurial endeavors, but for being the ex-wife of Bill Belichickthe professional American Football head coach of the NFL (National Football League) team the New England Patriots.
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Early life and family
Debby Clarke was born in 1955 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She has American nationality. Little is known about Debby’s childhood; however, it is known that Debby has always loved sports as she even met her future husband during one of the football matches that they occasionally attended at the same time which eventually led to them getting to know each other. Since her early years, Debby has been interested in volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball, as well as football.
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Debby graduated from her local high school in 1973 and then enrolled at Wesleyan University. It was then that she met Bill Belichick at a soccer game, while Bill was playing for his college team.
Debby is known for her entrepreneurial spirit as she runs several businesses at once. Among many other endeavors, Debby opened her own tile and design store called “The Art of Tile & Stone” located in her current Massachusetts hometown, and it is very popular online.
Personal life, ex-husband Bill Belichick
Debby married her college sweetheart Bill Belichick in 1977. The couple had a common classic wedding ceremony, which was followed by a quiet married life with children.
Debby gave birth to three children during her marriage to Bill: Amanda, Stephen and Brian. Because the children were born in quick succession, Debby had to give up her career to become a housewife and focus entirely on her children, while Bill continued to develop his sports career.
However, their marriage failed to reach the 30th anniversary as Debby divorced Bill in 2006 over his affair with former New York Giants receptionist Sharon Shenocca. It is rumored that Debby and Bill broke up two years before the official divorce. However, in 2004, Debby only filed for divorce when the fact about her then-husband’s affair became public.
The controversy intensified when it was discovered that Bill Sharon was sending Shenocca cash gifts of about $5,000 a month, and also bought her a house that cost about $2.2 million. Although the affair with Sharon didn’t last long after it became apparent, Bill was later spotted with another lady, Linda Holliday, a WCVB-TV correspondent and clothing store owner, when the lovebirds were attending Super Bowl XLII. As for Debby, she hasn’t been seen with any other men after her divorce from Bill.
Three children: Amanda, Stephen and Brian
Daughter Amanda Belichick, a lacrosse coach
Amanda, the oldest child of Debby and Bill Belichick, spent a lot of time with her father and played soccer and lacrosse while studying at Wesleyan University.
Then, like her father, she pursued a coaching career, starting at Rosemary Hall preparatory school serving as a lacrosse coach while working in the admissions department. In late 2009, Amanda took on the position of assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, working with the Amherst women’s lacrosse team. In 2010, she moved to the same position with the Ohio State Buckeyes, and five years later, in mid-2015, Amanda was promoted to the position of chief women’s lacrosse coach at Holy Cross College, which is located in Massachusetts.
In 2014, Amanda met her future husband, AJ DeSantis, online, and their relationship led them to marriage in June 2018.
— Amanda Belichick (@amandabalichick) November 28, 2015
At the wedding ceremony, which was highlighted by Luxury Modern Weddings magazine, Amanda wore the special wedding necklace to assure her that her parents would always be by her side. In the center of the necklace she had Debby’s diamond from her engagement ring that Bill Belichick presented to her on the day of 1977. The necklace also featured several marquise-cut diamonds from her father’s Super Bowl pendants, which he won with the New York Giants in 1986 and 1990, and New England Patriots in 2001, 2003, and 2004.
Sons, Stephen and Brian Belichick
Debby’s middle child, Stephen, has also been fond of sports from his early years. He played lacrosse and soccer while attending Rutgers University.
Immediately after completing his tertiary education, Stephen took on the position of assistant coach with the New England Patriots football team in mid-2012 and served under his father, Bill Belichick, until he was promoted to the position of safety coach in 2016. Debby’s youngest son, Brian, also played lacrosse during his time at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The same year that his brother, Stephen, was offered the position of security coach, Brain was hired as a scouting assistant in the front office of the New England Patriots.
Who is Debby’s ex-husband Bill Belichick?
William Stephen “Bill” Belichick is still the head coach of the New England Patriots in the NFL. Bill was born on April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bill has always dreamed of becoming a sportsman, as Bill Edwards, his godfather (it is a well-known fact that Bill was named after him), was one of the principal coaches of the College Football Hall of Fame. Bill’s father, Steve Belichick, served with the United States Naval Academy as an assistant football coach.
Bill spent his childhood in Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970. Bill graduated from Wesleyan University (in Middletown, Connecticut) in 1974 as a member of the college football team.
He began his coaching career with New York Giants in 1979, when he became a defensive assistant and special teams coach.
In 1990, he left the Giants to join the Cleveland Browns, where he served as head coach until 1995. In 1996, he became the defensive backs and assistant head coach for the New England Patriots, then from 1997 to 1999 Bill was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at New York Jets.
As of 2020, Bill Belichick holds the position of New England Patriots head coach, which he took on in 2000.
Details of Debby’s ex-husband’s controversy with Sharon Shenocca
Bill met Sharon Shenocca while still married to Debby Clarke, and Sharon met her husband, Vincent Shenocca, a construction worker, with two children in their marriage. Sharon worked as a receptionist in the front office of the New York Giants, and shortly after they met, Bill and Sharon began dating in secret.
While Bill was quite serious about his intentions to marry Sharon and even adopt her children, the couple broke up shortly after their affair was publicly discussed. It was Vincent Shenocca, who was the first to mention the details that seemed very strange – Sharon received envelopes with impressive amounts of cash – from $3,000 to $5,000. Vincent accused his wife of adultery with Bill Belichick because he had no other explanation as to why she was getting such sums from him. As of early 2005, Sharon received over $150,000 from Bill until their affair was discovered. The four-bedroom house Bill bought for his future life with Sharon and her two children was located in Park Slope and was valued at $2.2 million. The court in the case also found that Bill paid for Sharon’s vacations to Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Florida and helped her open her jersey store in 2006, giving Sharon $50,000 for her business needs.
Bill eventually broke up with Sharon and sold the house he bought her for $2.75 million; Sharon also divorced her husband and took back her maiden name Radigan. The whole situation caused Debby to file for divorce from Bill, which was finalized in 2006.
Appearance, clothing style
Debby has short blond hair that is naturally curly, and blue eyes, but wears glasses. Her height, weight and vital statistics are not available at this time. As for her clothing style, she has always preferred to wear classic suits in light pastel shades, such as pink, mint and beige.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, Debby Clarke Belichick reportedly has a net worth of over $3 million, which she earned from her business endeavors. Her fortune also benefited from her divorce from Bill Belichick, whose net worth is estimated at around $35 million as of early 2020.
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Educational background
- 3 Career
- 4 Personal life, ex-husband Bill Belichick
- 5 Three children: Amanda, Stephen and Brian
- 6 Details of Debby’s ex-husband’s controversy with Sharon Shenocca
- 7 Appearance, clothing style
- 8 Wealth and salary