Los Angeles Chargers hire former CFL head coach Marc Trestman

Courtesy: AP/Paul Chiasson

The Los Angeles Chargers have hired former CFL head coach and three-time Grey Cup champion Marc Trestman as a senior offensive assistant coach.

Trestman hasn’t coached since 2020 when he served as the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers. The team went 1-4 prior to the league’s shutdown caused by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 68-year-old served as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes from 2008 to 2012, posting a 59-31 regular season record and winning two Grey Cups over three appearances.

Trestman left the club to serve as the head coach of the Chicago Bears and went 13-19 over two seasons with the club before being fired following the 2014 season. He was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens following his dismissal but was fired partway through his second year with the team in October 2016.

The native of Minneapolis, Minn. returned to the CFL as the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 2017, leading the team to a 9-9 record and a Grey Cup victory. He was fired one year later after the Argos limped to a 4-14 finish, placing last in the East Division.

Trestman had extensive experience in the NFL before coming north of the border in 2008, including stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and New Orleans Saints.

He most notably served as the offensive coordinator of the Raiders when Rich Gannon won Most Valuable Player in 2002. John Harbaugh, the new head coach of the Chargers, served as the quarterbacks coach in Oakland during this time.