Jan. 7, 2013
Head Coach Mike Jarvis and the FAU men's basketball team held a clinic at Spanish River Church over the weekend.
The clinic was well attended and gave the kids in attendance a chance to interact with members of the team and coaching staff on a personal level.
Many members of the church attended the New Year's Day game featuring FAU and Hofstra, FAU won of course. The event was the most recent in a series designed to increase interest for the men's basketball program.
Earlier this season, Coach Jarvis spoke at Everglades Elementary on the importance of character and education. Likewise, many of those students will attend a home game later this season.
Although I wasn't at FAU when the football program was launched, anyone who has spent time in the athletic department knows that the role Howard Schnellenberger played off the field as an ambassador was just as important as the one he played on the field as a coach. Coach Jarvis' task, to serve as chief spokesperson in addition to head coach is no less demanding.
And the fruits if his labor are evident, as attendance has more than doubled since he arrived at FAU five years ago. A key component of building a program in any sport is building a fan base that shows up even as players, coaches and conferences change.
Last weekend's clinic is part of that process and it will lead to even better things in the future.