At 6’ 4” and 220 pounds, Jack Belcher stood out
both literally and figuratively among his fellow athletes and dominated
in football, basketball and track.
The 1979 Stoneham High School graduate played three
sports and was named an All-Star in each. Switching from baseball to
track his junior year, he was named to the Middlesex League All-Star
team for his work in throwing the discus as a senior.
In basketball, Belcher combined his size and
strength with a deft shot that saw him finish third in the league in
scoring as a senior, with a 21.9 scoring average, including a 41-point
night against Watertown and a 31 point game against Belmont, which
garnered him an All-Star berth for hoop; however, it was his football
career which allowed him to pursue the game beyond high school. A
Middlesex League All-Star as a senior (juniors weren’t eligible at the
time), he was also selected to play in the Shriner’s All-Star game.
Belcher was selected as a Boston Herald All-Scholastic.
He continued his football career at Boston College,
playing center where he started in his sophomore, junior and senior
seasons, becoming a captain his senior year. He was also the first
center for future Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.
For his work, Belcher was named All-East in his
junior and senior campaigns and third team All-American his senior year.
His college work led to him being drafted by the L.A. Rams where he
played briefl y before spending two seasons with the Boston Breakers
After his playing career ended, Belcher worked in
the private sector but kept his hand in football as an assistant coach
at Bedford High and Bishop Fenwick before being named the head coach at
Bedford High in 2004. Giving back to his hometown, Belcher was
instrumental in helping Pop Warner get re-established in Stoneham.
He currently works for Eagle Snacks distributors
and resides in Stoneham with his wife, Ramona, and daughter Isabella.