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MONTREAL -- For the first time since 2008, the Montreal Alouettes will be looking for a new head coach following the departure of Marc Trestman who has accepted a position with the Chicago Bears of the NFL.

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For the first time since 2008, the Alouettes will be looking for a new head coach following the departure of Marc Trestman who has accepted a position with the Chicago Bears. Here's the latest on his departure and what it means for the Als.

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Trestman joined the Alouettes in ’08 and immediately made his mark, leading the club to a Grey Cup berth in his first season as head coach.  Montreal would fall to Calgary that year but Trestman would guide them to two consecutive championship seasons in 2009 and 2010.

In his tenure with the Als, Trestman steered the team to a 59-31 record and first place finishes in four of the five years he coached Montreal.

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.

“My family and I are delighted for Coach Trestman, his lovely wife Cindy, and their two daughters upon his appointment as the head coach of the Chicago Bears,” said Alouettes Owner Bob Wetenhall. He has recently visited with me about going back to the National Football League where he spent 17 years and I was delighted to let him do that after 5 years of service to the Alouettes. His contributions to our franchise, our community and the CFL have extended far beyond his very successful coaching record.”

Prior to Trestman’s hiring, legendary coach Don Matthews patrolled the sidelines before leaving the team for personal reasons in the middle of the 2006 season.  Current VP, GM & Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel Jim Popp took over for Matthews and coached the club through the end of the 2007 season before appointing Trestman to the post.

“When we recruited him over five years ago, he expressed to me then that along with fulfilling his coaching obligations, he also wanted to have a positive influence on the players in their personal lives which he has done so well,” continued Wetenhall. “Our franchise will miss him, as will I, as we've become very good friends. We wish him and his family all good things in the future. I will be announcing the appointment of our new head coach in the weeks ahead."

Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp also wished Trestman the best of luck saying, “I am very happy for Marc, Cindy, Sarahanne, and Chloe today. This has been a life long dream that has come true. All Montreal and CFL fans should also be happy for Marc. No question, we have a huge challenge to find our next coach to follow the footsteps of Marc, but we have had success in the past and we will meet the challenge head on and find a new head coach who can continue setting the high standards that we expect in Montreal.”

In 1985, 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.

Fan Poll
Who will be the next coach of the Montreal Alouettes?
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2) Chris Jones
3) Paul LaPolice
4) Marcel Bellefeuille
5) Danny Maciocia
6) Jacques Chapdelaine
7) Other


Fan Comments
How about offering the job to one of the many great CIS coaches? You show that you actually believe in Canadian talent?
January 20, 2013 - 10:39pm
This is an outstanding opportunity for Mark and the CFL. We south of the border, know him through work and the players he has worked with in the NFL. Those of us that love football, and the CFL, are happy we are getting influences of your game tailored into ours. Good Luck Mark.
January 17, 2013 - 12:54am
als rule
sorry BUT this gives the CFL zip as far as PR in the states!!
January 17, 2013 - 1:14pm
Firstly, congratulations to Mark on getting the job in Chicago. Wish him the same success in Chicago he had in Montreal (and I´m sure he will). Secondly, hope Montreal finds a coach with at least the same characteristics and quality as Mark to keep Montreal competitive because the CFL needs a strong Alouettes team. Thirdly, I agree with als rule, “this brings Zip as far as PR in the states”. Once again, the CFL shoots itself in the foot by “letting” its’ talent (coaches and players) trade the CFL for the NFL.
January 17, 2013 - 7:13pm
als rule
if that was in contracts NOBODY would come!!
January 18, 2013 - 12:06pm
als rule
sorry trestman's career went quickly up 3 GC games with 2 wins then rapidly downhill fast with 2 disgraceful defensive seasons!! smart/honest/people person who I thank for his montreal service!! he didn't make AC "THE DON" did that!! top 4 HCs in als history: 1 levy 2 matthews 3 trestman 4 walker then all the rest rolled into #5!!
January 16, 2013 - 10:34pm
The CFL needs to be rigid with contracts as not to allow players/coaches to defect to the NFL, and Montreal should get some compenstation from Chicago, for example, give the Alouettes $2 million dollars for Trestman.
January 16, 2013 - 9:19pm
January 18, 2013 - 4:47pm
Whoops. That was supposed to be a play on words, didn't pan out well
January 16, 2013 - 3:49pm
Nice Chicagago!
January 16, 2013 - 3:48pm
Thank you for everything Mr. Trestman. You will be missed.
January 16, 2013 - 2:34pm
This Old Man
Just make sure you do better than 10-6, Mr. Trestman. If they can fired Lovie, they can fire you. There's no law in the NFL, I gather, against bad ownership.
January 16, 2013 - 2:13pm