WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s an end to an era for two legendary Rhode Island coaches.
Father and son duo, Bill and Dave Belisle, coached together in their final Mount Saint Charles hockey game Friday night.
Prior to the game against the Bishop Hendricken Hawks, the Mount community paused to honor 89-year old Hall of Fame coach Bill Belisle.
He graduated from Mount back in 1948 and was named head coach of the hockey team in 1975.
Bill’s accomplishments in his 43-year career will be hard to top. More than 1,000 wins as a head coach, 32 state championships, including 26 consecutive titles, and more than 20 Mounties drafted into the NHL, to name a few.
Bill has coached alongside his son Dave, who also coaches Little League, and garnered national attention for his epic speech during the 2014 Little League World Series.
At the Belisle’s last home game together, dozens of former Mounties and their families showed up to pay respects to one of the best to ever do it.
“He had his own way. Different, unique, from all other coaches, kids respected him. He was very fair. He treated everyone the same.” said Linda Jillson, whose son played for Belisle.
Brian Boucher, a former MSC player and NHL veteran said, “I’m so thankful that I grew up in a town like this. I dreamed of playing at Mount Saint Charles long before playing in the NHL. He certainly had a major impact on my life.”
“It’s very touching. I love them all.” said Bill Belisle.
A new coaching staff will take over the Mount Saint Charles hockey program in Fall 2019.
Bill has decided to retire and spend more time with his wife of 65 years.
Dave will remain involved in the hockey program as an advisor and consultant.
Dave told everyone the next time someone asks for directions to Mount Saint Charles, don’t give them the address, just give them “Bill Belisle Way.”