After guiding Montreal to a Grey Cup championship last season, Trestman was named the Canadian Football League’s Coach of the Year on Friday as voted upon by the Football Reporters of Canada.
In only his second season with the Alouettes, Trestman led the team to another first-place finish in the East Division, with a franchise-best record of 15-3-0, and another Grey Cup berth.
In that game, Trestman’s Alouettes defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27, thanks to a 43-yard field goal by kicker Damon Duval. With the win, Montreal helped avenge their Grey Cup loss to the Calgary Stampeders at home the year previous.
Before coming to the CFL, Trestman had a successful stint in the NCAA and the NFL.
Also considered for the award were Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Ken Miller and Hamilton Tiger Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. Miller led the Riders to their second Grey Cup appearance in three years, and their first West Division title since 1976. Belleuille played a major role in the ressurgence of the struggling Tiger Cats franchise this season, leading the team to a playoff berth.