Marc Trestman
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Chicago Bears
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-01-15) January 15, 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
College University of Minnesota
Minnesota State University Moorhead
High school Saint Louis Park High School
Career highlights
Awards 2009 CFL Coach of the Year
Honors 2012 East Division Champions (CFL)
2010 Grey Cup Champion (CFL)
2009 Grey Cup Champion (CFL)
2002 AFC Champion (NFL)
1983 NCAA Division I-A National Champion

Coached CFL's MVP in 2008 & 2009 Coached NFL MVP in 2002

Records CFL regular season coaching record: 59–31–0
Team(s) as a coach/administrator

University of Miami (VC/QB)
Minnesota Vikings (RB)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB)
Cleveland Browns (QB/OC)
Minnesota Vikings (QB)
San Francisco 49ers (OC & QB)
Detroit Lions (QB)
Arizona Cardinals (OC & QB)
Oakland Raiders (QB/OC)
Miami Dolphins (/AHC)
North Carolina State (OC)
Montreal Alouettes
(head coach)
Chicago Bears
(head coach)

Marc Trestman (born January 15, 1956) is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. Previously, he was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for five seasons and led the club to two consecutive Grey Cup championships and was named CFL Coach of the Year in 2009. Trestman played college football as a quarterback with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for three seasons and then his senior season at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Early lifeEdit

He graduated in 1974 from Saint Louis Park High School in Minnesota. He played college football as 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 careerEdit


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.

In 2005, he returned to college football coaching as the North Carolina State Wolfpack offensive coordinator, guiding the Wolfpack to a win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.


Trestman moved to the National Football League and coached running backs with the Minnesota Vikings in 1985 and 1986. He served as quarterbacks coach first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and then the Cleveland Browns in 1988. In Cleveland he again coached Kosar and the team finished 10–6 and made the playoffs. His promotion to offensive coordinator in 1989 was made before the team named Bud Carson as Marty Schottenheimer's successor as head coach.[1] Kosar passed for 3,533 yards and 18 TDs that season, while wide receiver Webster Slaughter had a franchise record 1,236 receiving yards. Trestman was dismissed after the Browns' third loss in the AFC Championship game in four years, primarily due to his strained relationship with Carson.[1]

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 joined the Detroit Lions as quarterbacks coach in 1997. That year Lion's quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 3,484 yards, fourth 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. Under Trestman's guidance, Raiders QB Rich Gannon won the 2002 NFL MVP award as the Raiders reached Super Bowl XXXVII, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trestman spent the 2004 season with the Miami Dolphins before returning to the college ranks (see above).


On December 18, 2007, Trestman was named 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. On March 5, 2010, Trestman won the Coach of the year award.

In 2009, Trestman led the Alouettes to win the 2009 Grey Cup, winning with a thrilling field goal with no time left on the clock.[2] After the season, it was announced that he was signed through the 2012 season as the head coach. Trestman also lead the Alouettes to a Grey Cup win in 2010. Trestman is the only coach in Alouettes history to win back to back Grey Cups. Under Trestman's guidance, Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo won back-to-back MVP awards in 2009 and 2010.

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In 2012, Trestman was interviewed by the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant position of head coach. The Colts eventually hired Chuck Pagano.[3]

In early 2013, Trestman was interviewed by the Chicago Bears[4] and the Cleveland Browns for their vacant head coaching position.[5] On January 16, 2013 he was named head coach of the Bears.[6] Of the seven coordinators/position coaches he has hired, Trestman has worked with six of them (Aaron Kromer, Matt Cavanaugh and Skip Peete worked with Trestman during his tenure with the Raiders, while Andy Bischoff, Pat Meyer and Tim Tibesar worked with him in Montreal).[7]

NFL Draft training coachEdit

According to Trestman's website, "Marc has been one of the most trusted and respected QB coaches in the game. Which is why every off-season, the top NFL draft prospects call on Marc to work them out in preparation for the their Pro Day and the NFL Combine".

Some of the QBs who have been trained by Trestman include: Brandon Weeden (1st round pick by the Cleveland Browns), Brock Osweiler (2nd round pick by the Denver Broncos), Tim Tebow (1st round pick by the Denver Broncos), Jimmy Clausen (2nd round pick by the Carolina Panthers), Jason Campbell (1st round pick by the Washington Redskins) and Jay Cutler (1st round pick by the Denver Broncos).[8][9]

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
MTL2008 1170.6111st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
MTL2009 1530.8331st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
MTL2010 1260.6671st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
MTL2011 1080.5562nd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
MTL2012 1170.6111st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
Total 59310.6564 East Division
532 Grey Cups

Personal lifeEdit

Trestman and his wife Cindy have two daughters,[10] Sarahanne and Chloe.[11]

In 2010, Trestman released his first book as an author titled PERSEVERANCE: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chicago Bears' new coach is Marc Trestman, a former Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator," The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
  2. Mayer, Larry (2013-02-04). "Trestman's first title capped by fantastic finish". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  3. "Colts considering CFL's Marc Trestman?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. "Report: Bears to interview Trestman". Yahoo! Sports. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  5. Sessler, Marc (January 8, 2013). "Cleveland Browns interview CFL's Marc Trestman". National Football League. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. "Marc Trestman chosen to be Bears' new coach". Chicago Tribune. January 16, 2013.,0,6614538.story. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  7. Mayer, Larry (January 29, 2013). "How many assistants has Trestman worked with?". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  8. "Marc Trestman Coaching Career". Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  9. Seligman, Andrew (January 17, 2013). "New Bears coach Marc Trestman eager to work with Jay Cutler". The Associated Press.
  10. "Alouettes wish the best of luck to Marc Trestman". Montreal Alouettes. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  11. Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "New Bears coach Trestman excited to join storied franchise". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  12. "Trestman launches motivational biography". OurSportsCentral. Retrieved May 26, 2010.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Shanahan
San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Marty Mornhinweg
Preceded by
Dick Jamieson
Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Rich Olson
Preceded by
Bill Callahan
Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jimmy Raye
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