The Chicago Bears’ have announced that Marc Trestman will replace Lovie Smith as the teams 14th head coach.
Smith, who served as Chicago’s head coach for nine seasons, was fired following the end of the 2012 season. Smith led the Bears’ to a Super Bowl, however, the team had missed the postseason five out of six seasons. Smith left Chicago with a 81-63 record.
Trestman has 17 years of NFL coaching experience and he has spent the last 5 years coaching in the Canadian Football League (Montreal Alouettes, head coach) where he has amassed a respectable 64-34 record.
Trestman is a name that Miami fans should be familiar with. The 57-year old was interviewed by UM following Randy Shannon’s departure. Although Al Golden would eventually win out, Trestman is no doubt a decent hire by Chicago.
Trestman began his coaching career in 1981 at the University of Miami as a volunteer coach. In 1983 he served as Miami’s quarterbacks coach and helped to groom future NFL QB Bernie Kosar. Miami would go on to win a national championship that year.
Aside from coaching football, Trestman earned his law degree from the University of Miami has been a member of the Florida bar since 1983.
Trestman’s coaching career:
- 1981-84: University of Miami (QB/VC)
- 1985-86: Minnesota Vikings (RB)
- 1987: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB)
- 1988-89: Cleveland Browns (QB/OC)
- 1990-91: Minnesota Vikings (QB)
- 1995-96: San Francisco 49ers (QB/OC)
- 1997: Detroit Lions (QB)
- 1998-2000: Arizona Cardinals (QB/OC)
- 2001-03: Oakland Raiders (OC)
- 2004: Miami Dolphins (OC)
- 2005-06: North Carolina State (OC)
- 2008-12: Montreal Alouettes (HC)