Lew Erber
Personal information
Born:(1934-05-27)May 27, 1934
Clifton, New Jersey
Died:February 26, 1990(1990-02-26) (aged 55)
El Cajon, California
Career information
High school:Englewood (NJ)
College:Montclair State University
Position:Running Back
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Lewis Albert Erber Jr. (May 27, 1934 – February 26, 1990) was an American football coach. He was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for three seasons. He won two Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders. His coaching career began in 1967 and ended after 1988.

Early life and education

Erber was born on May 27, 1934 in Clifton, New Jersey and played prep soccer at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey.[1] He went to college at Montclair State University. He played running back from 1952 to 1955.[2][3]

Coaching career

College coaching career

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Iowa State Cyclones in 1967.[3] He then had jobs with Cal Western, San Diego State Aztecs, and California Golden Bears.[3]

Professional coaching career

He started his professional coaching career as the special teams coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 1975. The next year he went to the Oakland Raiders as a running backs coach.[4] With the Raiders he won two Super Bowls. In 1982 he went to the New England Patriots as their offensive coordinator.[3] He stayed there until 1985, where he went to the Los Angeles Rams. In 1988 he became an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Cobras of the Arena Football League.

Later life and death

In 1979 he was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.[5] He died on February 26, 1990 at the age of 55.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lew Erber, coach, player, dies at 55", The Record, February 8, 1990. Accessed February 9, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Clifton native and Montclair State graduate Lew Erber, who served as offensive backfield coach for the Super Bowl XI and Super Bowl XV champion Oakland Raiders, died Tuesday in El Cajon, Calif., after a long illness. He was 55. Erber was an outstanding soccer player for Englewood High School while growing up in Oradell, serving as captain of the Maroon Raiders team that reached the state championship in 1951."
  2. ^ "Lew Erber Coaching Record - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cal Western University Player". calwesternfootball.com.
  4. ^ "Lew Erber Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Lew Erber (1979) - Hall of Fame". Montclair State University Athletics.