On February 28, 2017, Marc Trestman was named the 43rd head coach of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club. In his first year, Trestman guided his new team to an East Division crown and a thrilling victory in a snow-covered 105th Grey Cup. As one of the brightest and most innovative coaches in Canadian Football League history, he enters his second season in Toronto as the 19th winningest head coach in league history, with three Grey Cup championships and two CFL Coach of the Year awards to his name in 2009 and 2017. At the age of 62 he enters his 34th season of coaching at an elite level having previous stints in the NFL and NCAA and also the with Montreal Alouettes, where he was first united with Argos General Manager Jim Popp in 2007.
Working alongside Jim Popp in Montreal for five seasons, Trestman led the Alouettes to playoff appearances in all five seasons that he served as the club’s head coach, amassing a regular season record of 59-31 (.656 winning percentage) and four first place finishes in the East Division with 10+ wins. Under his watch the club made three consecutive Grey Cup appearances which saw him take home back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, the first team to accomplish the feat since the Argonauts in 1996 and 1997.
Additionally, Trestman oversaw one of the CFL’s most powerful and efficient offences to date during his tenure with the Als, ranking among the best in the CFL in a number of offensive statistical categories, including yards per game, points per game, passing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed.
Following his noteworthy success during his five seasons in Montreal, Marc returned south of the border where he was appointed the head coach of the Chicago Bears. 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) and finishing second in team history with 445 points. Parting ways with the Bears after his second season, he took ownership of the Baltimore Ravens offence as the offensive coordinator. Working with NFL stars Joe Flacco, Steve Smith and Justin Forsett, he assisted the Ravens to an average of 359.3 yards per games.
Known for his offensive expertise and nurturing of quarterbacks, Trestman has previously worked with some the games best coaches, including Bud Grant, Jon Gruden, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll, Tom Moore, Monte Kiffin, and the Harbaugh brothers to name a few. He has also worked with and honed a number of great players like Rich Gannon, Steve Young, Jake Plummer, Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler and future Canadian Football Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo.
Marc was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he attended the University of Minnesota to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science prior earning a Law Degree from the University of Miami Law School. Trestman spent three seasons of his collegiate career at Minnesota, where he was a backup to Tony Dungy, before transferring to Minnesota State-Moorhead to conclude his collegiate career as a senior.
He and his wife, Cindy, currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, He has been a member of the Florida BAR since 1983 and is a published author of a book titled PERSEVERANCE: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork. All proceeds from his book benefit the Marc and Cindy Trestman Foundation of Alzheimer’s research. Together Marc and Cindy are the parents of two daughters.
- Three-Time Grey Cup Champion
- 2009 and 2017 CFL Coach of the Year
- QBs to have career years under Marc Trestman: Anthony Calvillo, Bernie Kosar, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Rich Gannon, and Steve Young.
- Originally hired in December of 2007 by Jim Popp to be the Head Coach of the Alouettes.
- In his five years (2008-2012) as HC of the Alouettes, he amassed a 59-31 (.656 winning percentage) regular season record, made the playoffs every year, appeared in three Grey Cups (2008, 2009 and 2010), and won two (2009, 2010).
- Trestman led the Als to back-to-back championships, the first team to accomplish the feat since the Argos did it in 1996 and 1997.
- Credited with extending the career of future Hall of Fame QB and all-time passing yards leader Anthony Calvillo.
- Trestman left after the 2012 season to be the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.
- 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2017 CFL Coach of the Year Finalist
- 2009 CFL Coach of the Year (15-3 record, won the Grey Cup)
- 2017 CFL Coach of the Year (9-9 record, won the Grey Cup)
CFL STATS & RECORDS:
- T-19th in all-time regular season wins with 68 and that coming in just six seasons.
- Among the Top 21 coaches in wins, only Hugh Campbell (6 years) and Trestman (5 years) reached that ranking in fewer than eight seasons.
- Trestman’s percentage of reaching the Grey Cup among all coaches with at least five CFL seasons is #3 all-time: Hugh Campbell 6/6 years (100%), Ralph Sazio 4/5 years (80%), Marc Trestman at 4/6 years (67% is just ahead of Bud Grant 6/10 years).
- .667 winning percentage in the playoffs (6 games) and went 3-1 in 4 Grey Cup games.
- Four first-place finishes in five seasons with Montreal and another in his first season in Toronto.
- From 2008 to 2012, his Montreal clubs had the second-best winning percentage in the CFL at .656, just back of John Hufnagel’s 59-30-1 .661 mark.
2008-2012 CFL Offensive Statistical Rankings:
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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.