Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman was named 2009 CFL Coach of the Year, the Canadian Football League announced today.
"This award recognizes coach Trestman's tremendous regular season and playoff success, and his team's Grey Cup victory, last year," Commissioner Mark Cohon said.
"But it also caps a remarkable two-year run for him, one that has seen his name come to represent excellence in our league."
Trestman led the Alouettes to the CFL's best record over the last two seasons with a 26-10-0 mark, two East Division Championships, two Grey Cup appearances and one Grey Cup victory. The Als were undefeated at home in 2009, scoring at least 600 points for the second year in a row while allowing just 324 points against - a team record and the second lowest total by any team since the CFL moved to an 18-game schedule in 1986.
Trestman thanked the entire Alouettes organization, particularly Alouettes' owner Bob Wetenhall, President and CEO Larry Smith, and General Manager Jim Popp, and paid high praise to his fellow coaches and the Alouettes players, led by quarterback Anthony Calvillo.
"In the 2009 Alouettes locker room, there was love and respect for each other, and for our opponents," said Trestman.
This marks the first time Trestman has won this award after being nominated in his first season in 2008. He was also named the CFLPA's Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.
Hamilton's Marcel Bellefeuille and Saskatchewan's Ken Miller were also finalists.
Miller, entering his third season with Saskatchewan, led the Riders to top spot in the West Division with a 10-7-1 record. The club's Grey Cup berth was its second in three years.
Bellefeuille, an Ottawa native, led the resurgent Tiger-Cats to a 9-9 record, good enough for second spot in the East Division. It also secured the Ticats their first home playoff game since 2001 and first post-season berth since 2004.