Charles F. Erb

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Charles F. Erb
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Gem of the Mountains, 1927 Idaho yearbook[1]
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1902-12-08)December 8, 1902
Died March 6, 1952(1952-03-06) (aged 49)
Hollywood, California
Playing career
1920–1922 California
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Humboldt State
Head coaching record
Overall 19–14–7 (.563)
College Football Data Warehouse

Charles Freeman Erb, Jr. (December 8, 1902 – March 6, 1952) was an American football player and coach. He was the head coach at the University of Nevada, Reno (1924), the University of Idaho (1926–1928), and Humboldt State College (1935), compiling a career college football record of 19–14–7. Erb played college football as a quarterback at the University of California, Berkeley from 1920 to 1923. A member of the Andy Smith Wonder Teams, Erb's Cal team won the 1921 Rose Bowl and tied in the 1922 New Year's Day classic. He died during the night of March 6, 1952 in Hollywood, California.

His son, Charles "Boots" Erb, played quarterback for Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf at Berkeley. "Boots" Erb saw action in the 1949 and 1950 Rose Bowls.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1924, he coached at Nevada, where he compiled a 3–4–1 record. He was hired at Idaho in May 1926 as head coach and director of athletics,[2] where he compiled a 10–9–5 record in three seasons. His 1927 team contended for the title in the Pacific Coast Conference,[3] but the 1928 team had a more difficult season, after which he submitted his resignation.[4]

After Idaho, his career record stood at 13–13–6 in four seasons. In 1935, he coached at Humboldt State, where he compiled a 6–1–1 record.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nevada Wolf Pack (Independent) (1924)
1924 Nevada 3–4–1
Nevada: 3–4–1
Idaho Vandals (Pacific Coast Conference) (1926–1928)
1926 Idaho 3–4–1 1–4 T–6th
1927 Idaho 4–1–3 2–0–2 3rd[5]
1928 Idaho 3–4–1 2–3 T–6th
Idaho: 10–9–5 5–7–2
Humboldt State () (1935)
1935 Humboldt State 6–1–1
Humboldt State: 6–1–1
Total: 19–14–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Charles Freeman Erb". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1927. p. 148. 
  2. ^ "Erb will coach Idaho gridders". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 12, 1926. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "1927 Football". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1928. p. 162. 
  4. ^ "The Season of 1928". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1929. p. 164. 
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