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Published January 16, 2013, 06:17 PM

Former Dragon’s NFL head coach hiring has future hopes for program

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The last couple of days we've been hearing about a former Bison waiting to get his first shot at a NFL coaching gig, but it turns out a former Dragon beat him to the punch.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The last couple of days we've been hearing about a former Bison waiting to get his first shot at a NFL coaching gig, but it turns out a former Dragon beat him to the punch.

Former MSUM quarterback Marc Trestman was hired today by the Chicago Bears, replacing Lovie Smith.

Trestman transferred from Minnesota to MSUM in 1978, he started five games for the Dragons that season, throwing for 423 yards, and I asked current Dragon head coach Steve Laqua how this move could trickle down and affect his program.

Steve Laqua, Third Year MSUM Head Coach: “To have an alum in that position and in the game of football, it's certainly huge and I think it shows a lot of the type of people that come out of this university, this area, this program.”

How can this help down the road to have a guy in this position?

Laqua: “Certainly those connections are good in a coaching standpoint as far as development to get in see how things at the elite level do things. Those connections are great to have.”

I know you get into Wisconsin, maybe get into Illinois?

Laqua: “We've had some Chicago players on our football team, and so having that connection certainly helps. All about familiarity putting name with face. If they can tie that to those university and through the recruiting process that opens some windows for us.”

Trestman has spent the last five years in the CFL, winning 2 Grey Cups.

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