Mike Jarvis was the ninth former GW coach and the second men's basketball coach (legendary Bill Reinhart is the other) to be elected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Hired in 1990, Jarvis revived the Colonials men's hoop fortunes during that decade, leading the team to seven post-season trips in eight seasons (four NCAA Tournaments and three NITs). Among GW's NCAA appearances was the program's initial Sweet 16 trip (to Seattle, Wash., to meet eventual NCAA finalist, Michigan and its `Fab Five'.) In eight seasons at Foggy Bottom, Jarvis's clubs won 152 games, an average of 19 per season, including more than 82 percent (82-17) of their games at Smith Center.
A native of Boston and a former player and coach at Cambridge Rindge & Latin (where his players included Georgetown's Patrick Ewing, Michigan's Rumeal Robinson and UConn's Karl Hobbs), Jarvis played collegiately at Northeastern. Prior to joining the Colonials, he coached at Boston University for five years (1985-90) where two of his Terriers teams made NCAA appearances.
At GW, Jarvis had a knack for recruiting both nationally and internationally. Eleven players who played for him scored more than 1,000 points during their Colonials careers and several of his teams were `All-United Nations' rosters, including youngsters from Nigeria, Belarus, Spain, Canada, The Gambia, Portugal, The Netherlands, Central African Republic, Israel and Brazil.
Jarvis is currently the head coach of Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Boca Raton, Fla. They have two grown children, Mike II of New York City and Dana Shaiyen and two grandchildren.