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Wednesday, March 6, 2019


TAMPA, Fla. - Former CFL head coach Marc Trestman has joined the upstart XFL.

The league announced Tuesday Trestman has been named the head coach/GM of the new franchise in Tampa Bay.

`"Marc is a two-time coach of the year who also led his teams to three CFL Grey Cup championships,'' XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said in the statement. "He's just the kind of offensive-minded coach whose style will fit the up-tempo, fast-paced game we will deliver to fans when the XFL launches next February.''

Trestman, 63, spent the previous two years as the Toronto Argonauts head coach. He led the franchise to a Grey Cup title in 2017 but was fired after last season when the club finished last in the East Division with a 4-14 record.

Trestman's first CFL stint was with the Montreal Alouettes (2008-12), where he won two Grey Cup titles (2009-10) before becoming head coach of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

"I am very excited to be on the ground floor with Oliver, his team, and the other coaches across the XFL to help re-imagine football,'' said Trestman. "I started my coaching career in Florida while I was in law school, and personally know the passion and love for the game that football fans have in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.

"I can't wait to begin putting a coaching staff together and building a team that will play disciplined, fundamentally sound and exciting football come February. Many thanks to Vince McMahon and commissioner Luck for this tremendous opportunity.''

Trestman joins Bob Stoops (Dallas), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as the XFL head coaches named to date. Trestman was named the CFL's coach of the year in 2009 and '17.

Trestman also has the distinction of having coached an MVP in both the NFL (Oakland's Rich Gannon, 2002) and CFL (Montreal's Anthony Calvillo, 2008-09).

He began his coaching career in 1981 as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Miami. In 1983 he was elevated to the Hurricanes' quarterbacks coach as Miami won its first NCAA title. His college coaching resume also includes two seasons as offensive co-ordinator at NC State (2005-2006).

A Minnesota native, Trestman earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Miami Law School and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1983.

(Associated Press)


Anonymous said...

He just kissed $600,000 for doing nothing goodbye!

Anonymous said...

Will get paid well for one year then the league will fold.

John Knight said...

Hey, don't blame him for getting a well paying job for at least a year. Wouldn't you do the same?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and he won’t have to listen to the whining , bitching rider fans, ?

Anonymous said...

He didn't kiss anything goodbye with regards to the CFL. Trestman was the league highest paid coach annually, Argonauts still paying his $600,000.00 plus on a guaranteed contract 2019.
CFLPA needs to jump on this (guaranteed coaching contracts) in their upcoming negotiations with the league.

Anonymous said...

He never coached for the Riders. Try to keep up slim

Fast Ed said...

Bitching rider fans? Come on dude, get a grip and go troll some other site and get out of your moms basement while you’re at it

Anonymous said...

WTH was that... premier Scott Moe dancing around on television newscasts just like Justin Trudeau in India for all the world to see and making a fool of himself. Good grief!

Hoedee Newsome

Helix said...

WTH does that have to do with Trestman going to the NFL? Good grief!

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