The PCA was founded within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, and since that time they have impacted over six million kids nationwide thanks to their involvement with nearly 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations. With over 13,000 live group workshops under their belts, the PCA is leading the way in developing better athletes and better people.
When Trestman was the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach for the San Francisco 49ers, he had the opportunity to work with quarterback Steve Young, and it was that friendship that led Trestman to PCA.
"When (NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and fellow PCA National Advisory Board Member) Steve Young let me know about his involvement with PCA, and the work the organization was doing in youth and high school sports, I immediately became interested in lending my support," Trestman said.
"Similar to what we are doing here within the Bears organization, sports has the power to really develop well-rounded people and make them better off the field, too. We need to make sure our youth and high school sports are focusing on that."
Trestman has a deep understanding that sports is bigger than just wins and loses, and he expounds on that in his book, Perserverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork.
He's the perfect candidate to join PCA's National Advisory Board because of the wisdom gained through his 28 years of coaching at both the collegiate and the professional ranks.
"Marc is a teacher of character as well as someone who understands the importance of culture in developing an effective team," said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. "Everyone in the PCA Movement is going to learn a lot from his engagement with PCA and I am exceedingly grateful that he has joined our National Advisory Board."
Trestman joins Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Northwestern University Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern University Head Basketball Coach Chris Collins, and DePaul University Women's Soccer Coach Erin Chastain as Chicago-area PCA National Advisory Board Members. Collins, Fitzgerald and Chastain, along with University of Notre Dame Head Basketball Coach Mike Brey, will take part in PCA-Chicago's Coffee with Coaches breakfast event on June 16th at the Willis Tower.
Added PCA-Chicago Executive Director Jason Sacks, "It's obvious Marc is a great fit for PCA. We are honored to have him as part of the PCA movement, because Marc serves as a great role model for youth and high school coaches in Chicago."
Trestman has grown both personally and professionally through his numerous years as a coach, and he now has a passion to help others become the best that they can be.
As a National Advisory Board Member of Positive Coaching Alliance, he now has another platform to spread his life lessons.