Craig Fertig
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1942-05-07)May 7, 1942
Died October 4, 2008(2008-10-04) (aged 66)
Newport Beach, California
Playing career
1961–1964 USC
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
USC (assistant)
Portland Storm (assistant)
USC (assistant)
Oregon State
Head coaching record
Overall 10–34–1
College Football Data Warehouse

Craig Fertig (May 7, 1942 – October 4, 2008) was an American football player and coach.[1] He served as the head coach at Oregon State University from 1976 to 1979, compiling a record of 10–34–1 (.233).

Playing careerEdit

Fertig attended the University of Southern California where he was a star quarterback for the Trojans. In 1964, he set eight school passing records and threw the game-winning touchdown against Notre Dame.

Coaching careerEdit

Fertig's coaching career began in 1965 at USC. From 1965 to 1975, he served as an assistant coach with the Trojans, except for a year in the WFL in 1974. Fertig was hired as an assistant coach with the Portland Storm, but the team only lasted one season. The IRS impounded the franchise at the conclusion of the 1974 season. He returned to USC as an assistant in 1975.

In December 1975, Fertig was named the head coach at Oregon State University, with a three-year contract at $26,000 per year. [2] He remained in that role with the Beavers from 1976 to 1979, where he posted a 10–34–1 record. He was fired in October 1979, in the second year of a three-year contract at $33,696 per year.[3]

Fertig served as an assistant athletic director for the Trojans.[4]

Family and deathEdit

Fertig attended Huntington Park High School in California before going to USC. Fertig's sister Trudy also attended USC and married former USC lineman Marv Marinovich; his nephew was Todd Marinovich.[4]

Fertig died on October 4, 2008 of kidney failure at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California at the age of 66. USC remembered him with a moment of silence at the game against University of Oregon that evening.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oregon State Beavers (Pac-8/Pac-10) (1976–1979)
1976 Oregon State 2–10 1–6 T–7th
1977 Oregon State 3–8 1–6 T–7th
1978 Oregon State 3–7–1 2–6 9th
1979 Oregon State 2–9 1–7 10th
Oregon State: 10–34–1 5–25
Total: 10–34–1


  1. Obituary Los Angeles Times, 5 October 2008.
  2. Spokane Daily Chronicle - Fertig gets Beaver post - Associated Press - 1975-12-12 - p.24
  3. Lewiston Morning Tribune - Andros, board recommend that Fertig be fired - Associated Press - 1979-10-11 - p.3C
  4. 4.0 4.1 Douglas S. Looney, Bred To Be A Superstar, Sports Illustrated, February 22, 1988, Accessed September 10, 2008.
  5. "Fertig, quarterback, analyst for USC, dies at 66". Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-04.

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