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10 Fun Facts About Former Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on December 31, 2014

Marc Trestman lost his job as head coach of the Chicago Bears following the 2014 NFL season after a second subpar season in a row. He took an interesting route to becoming a head coach in the NFL. The Bears will move on, but we won’t, here are:

Ten Fun Facts About Marc Trestman

High School Days

1. Marc Trestman attended Saint Louis Park High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Other notable names to come from the same high school as him include film directors Joel and Ethan Coen, comedian and U.S. Senator Al Franken, author Thomas Friedman, and basketball player Jim Petersen.

His Playing Days

2. Marc Trestman was a backup quarterback in the late 1970s at the University of Minnesota. The starting quarterback ahead of him was future NFL player and head coach Tony Dungy.

Missed It By That Much!

3. Switching to defensive back, Marc Trestman went to training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in both 1978 and 1979. He never saw playing time in the NFL.

Double Shot of Bernie!

4. Marc Trestman was the quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami in the mid 1980s when Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes to the national championship. He would later serve as quarterbacks coach with the Cleveland Browns in 1988 and 1988, again working with Kosar.

The CFL?

5. Prior to becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Marc Trestman’s only head coaching experience had been as the top man of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL from 2008 to 2012.

Job History

6. Marc Trestman has worked in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, Vikings again, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, and Dolphins.

Championship Material!

7. Marc Trestman was the first coach ever to lead the Montreal Alouettes to back to back Grey Cup championships in the CFL.

Rare Company

8. Marc Trestman was just the fourth Chicago Bears head coach to win his very first game on the sidelines, a 24-21 victory over the Bengals in 2013. The three to do it before him were George Halas in 1920, Neill Armstrong in 1978, and Dick Jauron in 1999.

Better Than 50 Percent!

9. Marc Trestman challenged seven plays as head coach of the Bears in 2013 and 2014. He successfully overturned four of the calls and the other three were upheld by the replay officials.

His History of Bosses

10. Prior to becoming an NFL head coach, Marc Trestman had worked under 11 different NFL head coaches as an assistant: Jerry Burns, Bill Callahan, Bud Carson, Bud Grant, Jon Gruden, Ray Perkins, Bobby Ross, Marty Schottenheimer, George Seifert, Vince Tobin, and Dave Wannstedt.

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