Alouettes extend coach Trestman

Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman will be staying with the team for the next four years....

Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman will be staying with the team for the next four years. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

It was a good news, bad news kind of day in Montreal.

The good news, for the Montreal Alouettes, is that head coach Marc Trestman will be running the team for another four years. The bad news, for the rest of the league anyway, is that the CFL's most successful coach over the last five seasons is in fact staying with the Als through 2016.

"It was a very easy decision," Trestman said. "It was the perfect storm between a business decision and a family decision."

The Alouettes signed Trestman, rumoured to be on the move to the NCAA or NFL every off-season, to a four-year contract extension Monday. The 56-year-old American is in the final year of his current contract with the Als.

"I am privileged to make this announcement that Marc will continue to lead our team on the field," team owner Bob Wetenhall said. "Now in his fifth season with the team, he has delivered a league-best 50-25 regular season record along with three Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup championships during his tenure. As our head coach, he has brought a new threshold of excellence to the Alouettes and this announcement means a great deal to our players for whom he has been a mentor and a teacher.

"I am pleased for the Alouettes family to be able to make this announcement for someone I respect so much as a coach and as a friend."

With Trestman at the helm, the Alouettes won back-to-back Grey Cup titles in 2009 and '10, the first team to do so since the 1996-97 Toronto Argonauts, and have a .667 winning percentage. He joined the Als in 2008 after a long coaching career in the NFL.


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