April 17, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University and head men's basketball coach Mike Jarvis have agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension.
"We are excited to announce the extension of Coach Jarvis' contract," said Melissa Dawson, FAU's interim athletics director. "He has transformed our team and created a tremendous amount of excitement about our men's basketball program. Anyone that has been to a home game in The Burrow has experienced this first-hand. We look forward to the program's continued growth under his tutelage and we are glad an agreement could be reached that acknowledges both his and his staff's commitment to FAU. Now is an exciting time for our program. I encourage fans to experience the fun."
Jarvis has presided over one of the most successful four-year periods in FAU history since taking over the basketball program prior to the 2008-09 season. The Owls won the 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and appeared in the Postseason NIT, just the second postseason appearance in the history of the program. Jarvis earned Sun Belt and District 24 Coach of the Year Honors for his efforts that season.
"With the administration's continued commitment to the men's basketball program, my staff and I will continue to build the most comprehensive and successful program that we can," said Jarvis.
Under Jarvis, five FAU players have earned all-conference honors and Brett Royster was a two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Of FAU's 10 1,000-point scorers, five have played under Jarvis. He also has coached the school's all-time leader in blocks (Royster) and assists (Alex Tucker). Attendance also has risen under Jarvis, from an average crowd of 920 attendees per game in the three seasons prior to his arrival, to 2,122 per game last season.