2012 - Trestman is entering his fifth season with the Montreal Alouettes. Last season he led the team to a second place finish in the East Division with a 10-8-0 record and to the Eastern Semi-Final at Olympic Stadium.
Trestman’s expertise propelled the Alouettes atop the CFL in scoring (28.6 points per game), total offence (403.8 yards per game), and passing (309 yards per game) in 2011.
Last season, he also helped his club boast the league’s leading passer (Anthony Calvillo), leading rusher (Brandon Whitaker), leading receiver (Jamel Richardson), and the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman (Josh Bourke). Under Trestman’s guidance, Calvillo was the author of a record-breaking season and led the league in passing yards (5,251) and touchdown passes (32), while throwing only eight interceptions - the lowest among CFL starters.
During his tenure with Montreal, Trestman has compiled a 53-26-0 record (their 15-3-0 mark in 2009, was the best in franchise history), three East Division Championships, three Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup victories.
Last year, he surpassed Marv Levy to move into third place in Alouettes history for career victories.
In 2007, Jim Popp invited him to serve as a guest coach at training camp. The two had first met when Trestman worked with Jim Popp’s father, Joe, with the Cleveland Browns in 1989. Trestman joined the Alouettes in 2008 and led the team to first place in the East Division title with an 11-7-0 record, a division championship and a Grey Cup appearance.
He led the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and in 2010, for the first time in 12 years. He was also named the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 2009.
Trestman began his coaching career in 1981 with the University of Miami while attending law school there. In 1983, after passing the Florida Bar exam, he was named the Hurricanes’ quarterbacks coach and Miami won the National Championship that year, defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in an Orange Bowl.
In 1985, Kosar was selected in the first round on the NFL entry draft by the Cleveland Browns. That same year, legendary NFL head coach Bud Grant came out of retirement and hired Trestman to his first job in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings. Four years later, Trestman was named the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, reuniting him with Kosar.
In 1995, he was hired by George Seifert as the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In Trestman’s first season with the then-defending Super Bowl champions, the 49ers ranked first in the NFL with 457 points for, 644 pass attempts and 4,779 passing yards. They also ranked second with 391.1 total yards per game, while legendary receiver Jerry Rice set an NFL record with 1,848 yards on 122 catches, scoring 15 touchdowns along the way. Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young made the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Bobby Ross hired Trestman to be the Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach in 1997. With Scott Mitchell at quarterback, the Lions passed for 3,484 yards that season, good for second most in team history. Tailback Barry Sanders rushed for 2,053 yards, the third-highest total in NFL history.
In 1998, Trestman left the Lions to become the offensive coordinator in Arizona. The Cardinals, who had averaged five wins a year the previous decade, won nine games and scored 325 points that season.
In 2001, Jon Gruden brought Trestman back to California as a senior offensive assistant with the Oakland Raiders. Gruden left for Tampa Bay in 2002, and the Raiders’ new head man, Bill Callahan, promoted Trestman to offensive coordinator.
The 2002 Raiders led the NFL in total offence with 389.8 yards and 279.7 passing yards per game. Quarterback Rich Gannon was good on 418 of his 618 passes for a completion rate of 67.6 per cent and threw for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns that season. Gannon also registered 10 games of 300 or more passing yards, and at one point completing 21 consecutive passes in a game on his way to being named the NFL’s MVP award that season.
Including the Raiders’ first Super Bowl appearance in 20 years, Trestman had then been a coordinator with four different playoff teams in his first season with each club.
Trestman spends his time in the off-season preparing young college quarterbacks as seen with Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, and recently Tim Tebow, for the NFL Combine. He also successfully mentored NFL quarterbacks such as Bernie Kosar, Steve Young and Rich Gannon and spent time as a consultant to the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the 2007 season.
Trestman moved his family to Raleigh, NC, to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina State University. Back in college football for the first time since 1984, Trestman contributed to a Wolfpack squad that won five of its last six games before eventually winning the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Trestman also does leadership speaking to various groups and organizations. He is also the author of a poignant, yet heart-warming, motivational-biography titled Perserverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.Trestman and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Sarahanne and Chloe.
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