Charles F. Erb
File:Charles F. Erb.png
Gem of the Mountains, 1927 Idaho yearbook[1]
Biographical details
Born(1902-12-08)December 8, 1902
DiedMarch 6, 1952(1952-03-06) (aged 49)
Hollywood, California
Playing career
Head coaching record

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 (1935–1937), compiling a career college football record of 28–19–7.

Playing careerEdit

At Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, Erb was the California player of the year during the 1917 season as an end.[2]

Erb played college football as a quarterback at California from 1920 through 1922, on the undefeated Wonder Teams of hall of fame head coach Andy Smith. The 1920 team won the Rose Bowl and the 1921 team tied the following year. The undefeated 1922 and 1923 teams did not play in the postseason.

Coaching careerEdit

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,[3] where he compiled a 10–9–5 (.521) record in three seasons. His 1927 team contended for the title in the Pacific Coast Conference and were co-champions,[4][5][6][7] but the 1928 team had a more difficult season, after which he submitted his resignation.[8]

After Idaho, his career record stood at 13–13–6 in four seasons. From 1935 to 1937 he coached in California at Humboldt State, where he compiled a 15–6–1 record.


His son, Charles "Boots" Erb (1925–2013), also played quarterback at California, under head coach Pappy Waldorf in the late 1940s. Boots saw action in the 1949 and 1950 Rose Bowls. The Erbs were the first father & son to quarterback in the Rose Bowl.[9]

Erb died during the night at age 49 on March 6, 1952, in Hollywood, California.

Head coaching recordEdit

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 T–1st [5][6][7][10]
1928 Idaho 3–4–1 2–3 T–6th
Idaho: 10–9–5 5–7–2
Humboldt State (Independent) (1935–1937)
1935 Humboldt State 6–1–1
1936 Humboldt State 5–3
1937 Humboldt State 4–2
Humboldt State: 15–6–1
Total: 28–19–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. "Charles Freeman Erb". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1927. p. 148.
  2. "High School Football Players Of Year". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 1993. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  3. "Erb will coach Idaho gridders". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19. May 12, 1926.
  4. "1927 Football". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1928. p. 162.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Conference grid schedule stands". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 18. December 12, 1927.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Adopt schedule". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 13. December 11, 1927.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Coast grid schedule given O.K. after long conference wrangle". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. December 11, 1927.
  8. "The Season of 1928". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1929. p. 164.
  9. "Charles Erb". San Francisco Chronicle. (obituary). January 19, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2016.

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