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NFL/NCAA Head Coaches Trestman Worked Under: Bud Grant, Jon Gruden, Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, Ray Perkins, Marty Schottenheimer, Bud Carson, Jerry Burns, George Seifert, Bobby Ross, Vince Tobin, Dave Wannstedt, Chuck Amato, John Harbaugh.
Notable Coaches Trestman Worked Alongside: Jim Harbaugh (Head Coach, Michigan), David Shaw (Head Coach, Standford), Pete Carroll (Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks), Tom Moore (Long time NFL OC, known for running Colts’ offence with Peyton Manning), Monte Kiffin (Long time, successful defensive coach in NFL). Played quarterback behind Tony Dungy at the University of Minnesota.
1975-1978: College Quarterback
Played backup quarterback for the University of Minnesota for three seasons and transferred to Minnesota State for his senior year.
1981-1984: University of Miami (FL) – Volunteer Assistant, Quarterbacks Coach
Began coaching career as a volunteer assistant and was quickly promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1983. Oversaw the development of future Super Bowl champion Bernie Kosar. Helped Hurricanes win first national championship in 1983. Under Trestman’s tutelage, Kosar was selected in first round of NFL Draft.
1985-1986: Minnesota Vikings – Running Backs Coach
Got his first coaching experience in the NFL working under NFL and CFL Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant.
1987: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quarterbacks Coach
First-time quarterbacks coach in NFL.
1988-1989: Cleveland Browns – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Reunited with Kosar and helped the Browns make the playoffs (10–6 record) in 1988. Promoted to offensive coordinator the next year when Kosar passed for 3,533 yards and the Browns reached the AFC championship.
1990-1991: Minnesota Vikings – Quarterbacks Coach
Worked with quarterback Rich Gannon, who improved his QB rating from 68.9 in 1990 to 81.5 the next year.
1992-1994: Out of coaching
1995-1996: San Francisco 49ers – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Returned to coaching with Steve Young at the helm of the 49ers offense. The 1995 team led the NFL in scoring (475) and passing yards (4,779).
1997: Detroit Lions – Quarterbacks Coach
Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 3,484 yards, which was fourth most in team history.
1998-2000: Arizona Cardinals – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
In 1998, quarterback Jake Plummer threw for 3,737 yards and the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 1982. Arizona won its first postseason game in 51 years.
2001-2003: Oakland Raiders – Senior Assistant, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
When promoted to offensive coordinator in 2002, helped lead the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII. Raiders led NFL in total offense (389.8 yards per game) and passing (279.7 per game), and quarterback Rich Gannon won the MVP award.
2004: Miami Dolphins – Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks
2005-2006: North Carolina State – Offensive Coordinator
Helped recruit current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who began at NC State before going to Wisconsin.
2008-2012: Montreal Alouettes (CFL) – Head Coach
2013-2014: Chicago Bears – Head Coach
In first year at the helm, the Bears offense set franchise records in net yards (6,109), gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (96.9) and first downs (344). Finished second in team history with 445 points. But despite the re-birth of the Bears offence, Chicago’s defence allowed the second-most points in the NFL, leading to an 8-8 record.
2015-2016: Baltimore Ravens – Offensive Coordinator
Baltimore was 14th in the league in offense in 2015, averaging 359.3 yards per game, despite key injuries to starting offensive players including quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Justin Forsett.
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Minnesota, Law Degree from University of Miami School of Law. He has been a member of the Florida bar since 1983.
Family: Married to Cindy. They have two daughters. Reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wife is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
Notes: Published a book in 2010 – PERSEVERANCE: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork. Proceeds benefit the Marc and Cindy Trestman Foundation for Alzheimer’s research.