Alouettes extend Trestman to 2012

Marc Trestman isn’t going anywhere — for now. Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wettenhall announced Thursday that Trestman has signed a two-year contract extension to serve as head coach through the 2012 season.

Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman speaks to reporters at a news conference announcing his contract extension Thursday in Montreal.

MONTREAL, Que. — Marc Trestman isn’t going anywhere — for now.

Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wettenhall announced Thursday that Trestman has signed a two-year contract extension to serve as head coach through the 2012 season.

Wettenhall revealed that the contract extension was agreed to early in the season, but Trestman wanted to hold off on the announcement until the season was over to avoid having it distract his team while it was on its way to winning the Grey Cup.

“It was Marc’s wish that no announcement be made because he wanted the focus to be on the players, and not on Marc Trestman,” Wettenhall said.

This means that when rumours began to swirl late in the CFL season that Trestman was a candidate for the vacant coaching position with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, it was already a moot point.

But general manager Jim Popp says he expects Trestman’s name to continue coming up in rumours, simply because that’s what happens with successful coaches.

“I’m sure if his name pops up or someone wants to speculate, it will start over again,” Popp said. “But it was just said right here that he has a contract until 2012. He’s here. You heard it from his mouth.”

Trestman would not say whether or not a job in the NFL would interest him in the future, but he did say that this new contract means he will remain in Montreal for three more years.

“I don’t want to speculate on interest or no interest,” Trestman said. “It’s not an issue today. The issue today is that we’re here to announce that I’m going to be with the Alouettes until 2012.”

Trestman says the most determining factor in his decision to originally take the job with the Alouettes was that it allowed him to keep his family in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., allowing his teenage daughters to remain in the same school.

“When you have kids in high school, in junior high, you want to be a part of their lives,” Trestman said. “This job really gives me the best of both worlds.”

Since the first day Trestman has had nothing but success, guiding the Alouettes to 26 wins in 36 regular season games and two Grey Cup appearances, capped by last month’s championship victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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