ANDOVER — Bill Belichick isn't one to brag. So it's difficult to get the New England Patriots coach to talk openly about his impressive coaching record in Super Bowls (3-1), in the post-season (15-6), in December (39-7) or against Peyton Manning (8-5), all unmatched among his National Football League coaching peers.
But there are two particular winning records he owns that he will discuss openly and with pride:
In 1970-71, the undefeated Phillips Andover Academy football team was 8-0 and the lacrosse team was 13-1.
The cherry on top? Belichick and his teammates were 2-0 versus Phillips Exeter Academy.
"We beat them pretty good, 34-8, in football. That was huge," recalled Belichick, referring to the team's finale versus rival Exeter before a packed stadium that included nearly the entire student bodies of both schools.
"I look back on the year in football and lacrosse," said Belichick. "That's a pretty impressive record, only one loss in two sports, playing pretty good competition."
Yesterday, Belichick was among a distinguished group of former athletes and coaches inducted into the Andover Athletics Hall of Honor.
Also honored were Arthur Hillebrand (1896), Thomas "Lou" Hudner Jr. (1943), Meredith Hudson Johnston (2001), Paul Kalkstein (1961), Raymond Lamontagne (1953), Thomas Pollack III (1961) and William Smoyer (1963).
"I am very humbled by the honor," Belichick said. "This means a lot to me, especially with some of the other people who were inducted with me. Paul Kaulkstein was the assistant lacrosse coach when I was there. He worked a lot with me."
Belichick spent only nine months at Phillips Andover as a post-graduate student, but in some ways his time there reshaped his view of the world.
Growing up in Annapolis, Md., where his father coached at the U.S. Naval Academy for 33 years, in a relatively conservative environment, Belichick was in for a culture shock the first few weeks of September 1970.