Mike Jarvis and Mike Jarvis II Continue to Share Their Love for the Game of Basketball
RecruitDirt.com Names Jarvis II Second Best Assistant in Conference
As a coach, Jarvis II has reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 four times. He owns three conference championship rings and was essential in St. John's National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Championship title in 2003 and the Red Storm's run into the NCAA Tournament's South Regional Final (Elite 8) in 1999.
A proven recruiter and leader, Jarvis II began his collegiate coaching career as a first-year assistant in 1992-93 working with his father, Mike Jarvis, at GWU. Jarvis II immediately made an impact, helping the Colonials to the school's most successful season in history. GWU made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in 1999, facing the University of Michigan and its famed "Fab 5" squad before finishing the season 21-9.
Jarvis II spent a total of five seasons on the coaching staff at GWU from 1992-98, taking a one-year hiatus to work as an assistant coach under Bill Herrion at Drexel in 1995-96.
At Drexel, Jarvis II helped the Dragons convincingly win the North Atlantic Conference postseason tournament and compile a program-best 27-4 record by season's end. His year at Drexel still stands as the program's most successful campaign in university history, which was culminated by the Dragons stunning the nation by knocking off fifth-seeded Memphis, 75-63, in the NCAA Tournament's West Regional in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Returning to GWU in 1996-97, Jarvis II again would help the Colonials advance into postseason tournament play. In each of the five seasons he spent on the GWU staff, Jarvis II helped the Colonials to compete on college basketball's national stage, qualifying for three NCAA Tournaments and twice playing in the NIT. In 1997-98, during Jarvis II's sixth season as an assistant coach and his last at GWU, the Colonials went 24-9 and won the Atlantic 10 Conference West Division Championship.
Before moving on to work with his father at St. John's, Jarvis II had compiled a 123-62 record in six years as a Division I assistant coach, finishing each and every season with an invitation to play in either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Jarvis II directed all scouting and game-preparation efforts for a storied St. John's program as the team's top assistant coach from 1998-2004. Success was immediate and remarkable with Jarvis II helping the Red Storm to a 28-9 record and an Elite Eight appearance in his first season, getting St. John's to within one game of the Final Four.
St. John's would return to postseason play four times in Jarvis II's five seasons as an assistant coach. The Red Storm went on to capture the Big East Tournament Championship in 2000 and the NIT title in 2003.
Following his tenure at St. John's, Jarvis II was appointed to director of player development at Duke in 2004. His contributions for the four-time national champion Blue Devils included in-depth scouting reports emphasizing offensive sets, defensive strategies and player tendencies, helping the Blue Devils capture consecutive ACC Championship titles in 2005 and 2006.
Jarvis II reunited with his father at FAU and the duo looked to help establish yet another burgeoning basketball program. Jarvis II even served as head coach for a game, leading the Owls on the road vs. Arkansas State. In his second season in Boca Raton, he was a key figure in helping FAU to an eight win improvement over the previous year. In his third season at FAU, Coach Jarvis II was instrumental in helping the Owls to the postseason for just the second time in their history. Prior to his fourth season, Coach Jarvis was named one of the top assistants in the Sun Belt Conference by the website RecruitDirt.com.
During the 2012-13 season, which was the 20th anniversary of Jarvis II officially being added to his father's coaching staff, Jarvis helped Greg Gantt end his career as FAU's all-time leading scorer and 11th in the nation in scoring for the season. Coach Jarvis II helps oversee the day-to-day activities of the men's basketball program, in addition to opponent scouting and the development and implementation of in-game strategy.
Jarvis II continues to be an active member of the National Association Basketball Coaches and Black Coaches Association. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1992. Coach Jarvis II and his wife Jen have one daughter, Delaney.