There’s been a lot of big names bandied about for the Miami Hurricanes head coaching position. A lot of marquee names that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Q America are well-aware of. Jon Gruden, Tommy Tuberville, Randy Edsall, perpetual “next-big-thing” Al Golden…
And then there’s Marc Trestman, who seems to have emerged as a bit of a front-runner for the position. Which begs the question…who the heck is Marc Trestman?
Trestman is a former Minnesota Golden Gopher QB who began his coaching career at a little place called the University of Miami in 1981. He quickly worked his way up to QB coach in 1983 where he oversaw Bernie Koser’s rise to glory. Trestman also earned a law degree from UM while there.
From there, Trestman bounced around the NFL for the next twenty years between eight teams. In 1989 he became offensive coordinator for the first time, working for the Cleveland Browns. In 2004, he was named assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins. (It’s worth noting that, for whatever reason, Trestman has never stayed with the same team for longer than three years).
In ’05, he briefly returned to the college ranks to oversee the NC State offense but by ’06 the head-coaching bug had taken hold and Trestman was off to greener pastures to become the head man.
Well, not-so-much greener. Since 2008, Marc has been the head man of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. All he’s done since being there is take the team to three Grey Cups in three years, winning the last two. He’s quickly turned into the Canadian Bill Belichick and many, including Tony Dungy, have been signing his praises ever since.
Miami was listening. UM AD Kirby Hocutt traveled to North Carolina on Saturday to meet with Trestman and now the rumor-mill is lit up with word that he’s earned himself the job.
That remains to be seen but if so, UM better hope he works out. As good as Trestman might be, he’s “the guy from the CFL” until he proves otherwise.