Coach Bellistri started at the Naval Academy at the age of 18 and left the Navy at 32. He soon became a helicopter pilot, where his job was to find under water mines. He then used his skills to teach others how to fly helicopters.
Once Coach Bellistri’s Navy days were done he started a family, became a teacher and started coaching lacrosse. Coach Bellistri started his teaching career at St. Andrews just down the road from Bullis. He came to Bullis in 2001, where he served as upper and middle school math teacher, and worked as Middle school and Boys varsity Assistant Lacrosse Coach. This year, however, his role has changed; Coach Bellistri has switched his title to Head Coach of the varsity boys lacrosse team. Coach Bellistri is an example of dedication and willingness to help Bullis students improve across the board.
When asked about his different roles at Bullis Coach Bellistri laughed and answered, “I do a lot, yesterday I was the referee for boys middle school wrestling.”
Coach Bellistri brings his military background into his teaching and coaching style. When asked if the military reflects how he teaches he answered,“There are some aspects where the military has helped me, like being organized and ready to complete a goal. But in the military everything is done by the book and here in teaching you need to have flexibility.” Coach Bellistri understands the students and knows when to be strict on the field, and when to be flexible in the classroom.
Coach Bellistri is a core part of the Bullis community and his dedication to the students and to his multiple roles is apparent to all who know him. When asked if he has any future goals he said, “Being a better teacher and improving the craft.” Each day Coach Bellistri strives to educate the students and himself and make Bullis a better place.