LES FERTIG Assistant Athletic Director Men's Basketball Operations Director
Les Fertig joins the Red Raiders with a highly successful collegiate coaching and business background. A native of Oklahoma, Les was born in Tulsa and grew up in Norman. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor of science in HPER. Following graduation, he served our country two years as an infantry officer in the Army. Following his tour of duty in the Army, Fertig began his teaching and coaching career in Parlin, New Jersey. There he coached and taught at both the middle school and high school for two years.
In addition to basketball duties and overseeing the basketball program, Les focuses on Red Raider scheduling and coordinates individual and team workouts with Coach Bob Knight.
In 1975, Les Fertig returned to the University of Oklahoma to earn his master's degree in adult education. Beginning in 1975 and continuing through 1980, he served as both a graduate assistant and a full time assistant coach on Coach Dave Bliss' staff, with the Sooners winning their first Big Eight Championship in 1979. Les left his alma mater after the 1980 campaign to become an assistant basketball coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The 1989 season found him in Big Ten territory as Assistant Coach at Ohio State University. During his tenure at OSU, the Buckeyes won two Big Ten Championships, reached the second round of the NCAA in 1990, swept into the Sweet Sixteen in 1991, and achieved Elite Eight status in 1992. Leaving the collegiate coaching ranks for private industry, Les was the director of operations for a chain of nine restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, until he returned to the education arena in 1998 where he headed up the learning technology division for CTN, an educational consulting firm in Columbus.
Les and his wife, Bobbie, have two children. Their son, Greg, lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and daughter, Carrie, is a member of the sophomore class at Texas Tech.