Craig Fortier
Craig  Fortier

Position:
Assistant Coach

Season:
4th at Gonzaga

Alma Mater:
CSU Monterey Bay, 2003

Graduated:
2003


Craig Fortier was hired on the Gonzaga University women’s basketball staff on May 5, 2014. He rounded out head coach Lisa Fortier’s first staff hires.

Fortier, Lisa’s husband, brought 10-plus years of coaching experience with him to Gonzaga, including spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach of the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team.

He also isn’t a stranger to Gonzaga, having served as a graduate assistant for the Bulldog men’s basketball team from 2004-06, while Lisa was the coordinator of basketball operations for the Zag women’s squad.

Working primarily with the posts, he has tutored 16 all-conference players including 12 first team selections.  This past season’s honorees included Jill Barta, just the second sophomore to score 1000 points and third sophomore to be named First Team All-WCC in her first two seasons. Under his tutelage, Kiara Kudron was also selected First Team All-WCC in 2017 and finished 10th all-time at Gonzaga with 651 career rebounds. 

Fortier helped direct the Eastern Washington defense, who, in 2013-14, finished in the top three in the Big Sky in three different categories, including blocked shots (1st; 4.3), field goal percentage defense (2nd; 44.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (3rd; 34.5). The Eagles also had the top three seasons in school history in lowest turnovers per game, averaging 12.0 in 2013-14, 13.4 in 2012-13 and a school-best 11.8 in 2011-12.

He also coached three Big Sky All-Conference players while at Eastern Washington, including the 2011-12 Newcomer of the Year.

Prior to his time at EWU, Fortier spent four seasons as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Whitworth University. During his four years with Whitworth, the Pirates won 98 of 116 games for a winning rate of 84.5 percent. He helped develop 10 all-conference performers, three conference Player of the Year winners and one National Player of the Year. All four seasons the Pirates advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won the Northwest Conference Tournament title.

The same year the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time in school history (2010-11), Fortier and Whitworth advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Final (Elite Eight) for the first time in program history. Whitworth ended that season with an impressive, and school-record, 28-2 record.

Fortier’s experience also includes a one-year stint as an administrative assistant for the men’s basketball team at Colorado State University and a one-year stint as the assistant men’s basketball coach for his alma mater, Cal State Monterey Bay.

He graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2003 with a degree in human communication. He earned his master’s degree in sport and athletic administration from Gonzaga in 2006.

Fortier has been married to Lisa since 2006 and they have two sons, Marcus (2010) and Calvin (2012), and a daughter, Quincy (2014).

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