Bill Belichick loves lacrosse. He’s seen frequently wearing hoodies of various college lacrosse programs. All three of his kids played in college, as did he.
But would he consider taking a lacrosse coaching job after he’s done with football?
“It’d be tough. I don’t know if I know enough about it,” he told Lacrosse Magazine’s Paul Carcaterra in an interview posted Wednesday. “I think the game’s kinda passed me up a little bit. I wouldn’t be naive enough to think that I would be able to keep up with all that.”
In the 15-minute interview, he also discussed where he’d stick some of his football stars on the lacrosse field.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski?
“If I could teach him any stick work, I’d put him at crease attack. Let him go out and then clear out and just let him go to the goal.”
“Heh. Put him in the goal. He can’t run. I mean, he can run. He can’t dodge, he can’t run.”
“Yeah, he’d be a good midfielder. Good midfielder.”
Some other takeaways from the interview:
■ Belichick doesn’t want you to know if he’s a righty or a lefty in lacrosse.
You can ask, but the former Wesleyan University lacrosse player probably won’t tell you.
Not even his kids know.
The Patriots coach takes pride in stumping people, too.
He attended a Johns Hopkins lacrosse practice years ago and asked coach Dave Pietramala if he could warm up then-goalie Jesse Schwartzman. The coach obliged. Afterward, Pietramala asked his goalie if Belichick was a righty or a lefty? Schwartzman couldn’t tell.
“So that’s one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever had in my life,” he said.
■ Belichick discussed how intertwined his family’s history is with lacrosse, a sport he gives back to through his foundation. His daughter Amanda also played at Wesleyan and now is the head coach for Holy Cross. His oldest son Steve, now the Patriots safeties coach, played for Rutgers. His youngest son Brian played for Trinity College.
“I think I used to be the best one, now I’m the worst one, so I’ve seen that transition kind of run its course,” he said.
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