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Marc Trestman
Montreal Alouettes
Date of birth: January 15, 1956 (1956-01-15) (age 54)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s): HC
College: University of Minnesota
Minnesota State University
High school: Saint Louis Park High School
 As coach:
University of Miami (VC)
University of Miami (QC)
Minnesota Vikings (RBC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QC)
Cleveland Browns (QB)
Cleveland Browns (OC)
Minnesota Vikings (QC)
San Francisco 49ers (OC/QC)
Detroit Lions (QC)
Arizona Cardinals (OC/QC)
Oakland Raiders (QC)
Oakland Raiders (OC)
Miami Dolphins (QC/AHC)
North Carolina State (OC/QC)
Montreal Alouettes
 As player:
University of Minnesota
Minnesota State University
Career highlights and awards
Records: 26–10–0

Marc Trestman (born January 15, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota)[1] is the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Trestman graduated in 1974 from Saint Louis Park High School in Minnesota. He played quarterback for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team for three seasons. He transferred as a senior to play quarterback at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Trestman received a bachelor's degree in political science from Minnesota in 1979 and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He has been a member of the Florida bar since 1983.

Trestman went to training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in both 1978 and 1979 as a defensive back.


Coaching career

He entered football coaching at the University of Miami in 1981 as a volunteer coach. In 1983 he was named quarterbacks coach. That year quarterback Bernie Kosar passed for 2,329 yards and Miami won the national championship. The next year Kosar completed 262 passes for 3,642 yards, both school records.

Trestman then moved to the National Football League and coached the running backs with the Minnesota Vikings in 1985 and 1986. He became quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 then held the same position with the Cleveland Browns in 1988. In Cleveland he again coached Kosar and the team finished 10-6 and made the playoffs. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1989. That year Kosar passed for 3,533 yards and 18 TDs, wide receiver Webster Slaughter had a franchise record 1,236 receiving yards, and the Browns made it to the AFC Championship game.

In 1990, Trestman returned to Minnesota as quarterbacks coach for the Vikings. He spent two years there and then left coaching for three years.

He returned to the NFL in 1995 as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with San Francisco, where he served in that capacity through 1996. The first year he was there the 49ers led the NFL with 457 points scored, 644 pass attempts and 4,779 passing yards.

Trestman moved to the Detroit Lions and quarterbacks coach in 1997. That year Lion's quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 3,484 yards, second most in team history.

In 1998 he was with the Arizona Cardinals as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. That year quarterback Jake Plummer threw for 3,737 yards, and the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and won their first post season game in 51 years.

He next went to the Oakland Raiders in 2001 as the quarterbacks coach. In 2002 he was promoted to offensive coordinator and the Raiders led the NFL in total offense with 389.8 yards per game and passing yards with 279.7 per game. That Raider team made it to the Super Bowl but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trestman spent the 2004 season with the Miami Dolphins and in 2005 he returned to college football as the North Carolina State Wolfpack offensive coordinator where he was known for being a conservative play-caller.

On December 18, 2007, Trestman was confirmed as the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The Alouettes narrowly lost 22-14 to the Calgary Stampeders in the 2008 Grey Cup championship game. At the conclusion of the season, he was nominated for the CFL's Annis Stukus Award as the league's top coach, with Calgary's John Hufnagel winning.

In 2009, Trestman led the Alouettes to the Grey Cup, winning with a thrilling field goal with no time left on the clock.After the season,it was announced that he was signed through the 2012 season as the head coach.

Trestman worked with André Woodson leading up to the 2008 NFL Draft in an attempt to help improve Woodson's throwing mechanics and draft stock.[2]


CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
MTL 2008 11 7 0 .611 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
MTL 2009 15 3 0 .833 1st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
Total 26 10 0 .722 2 East Division
3 1 1 Grey Cup


External links

Preceded by
Mike Shanahan
San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Marty Mornhinweg
Preceded by
Dick Jamieson
Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Rich Olson
Preceded by
Bill Callahan
Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Jimmy Raye
Preceded by
Jim Popp
Montreal Alouettes Head Coaches
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