In 1967 Mike Jarvis began his coaching career as the sophomore basketball coach at Newton North High school in Newton, Massachusetts. That same year he married Cornelia Anne Gordon, the girl next door. They have been blessed with a son, Michael II, daughter Dana, 5 grandchildren, and are still happily married.
In 1968 Mike began his teaching career as a physical education teacher at his alma matter, Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 25 years as a Division I head coach he guided Boston University, George Washington University, and St. John's to the NCAA tournament and became one of 8 coaches to accomplish this feat. At the present time he is the only coach in Basketball history to accomplish this feat and win 100+ games as a high school coach.
Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Northeastern University in 1967, and his Masters' in Education degree from Boston University in 1984. On May 14, 2016 Mike was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity Degree in Leadership and Ministry from the South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary.
At Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, he guided his former high school to three consecutive Division I State Championships (79-80-81), while compiling a near-perfect record of 77-1. He was recognized three times as Massachusetts High School Coach of the Year, while coaching future Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing (Georgetown) and All American Rumeal Robinson (Michigan).
In 1985 Mike began his college-coaching career when at Boston University. Five seasons later Coach Jarvis would surpass Rick Pitino as the winningest coach in Terrier history with a record of 101-51.
In 1993 Mike Jarvis Sr. and Jr. made NCAA history when they became college basketball's first African American coaching team. That same year they led George Washington University to their first NCAA appearance in 30 years and a trip to the "Sweet Sixteen". That same year Coach Jarvis would lead the USA 22 and under team to the World Championship in Spain.
In 1997 Mike was elected president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and is currently serving on the NABC Foundation Board.
In 1998 Coach Jarvis became the head coach at St. John's and guide the Red Storm to the "Elite Eight". He would be named National Coach of the Year by the Black Coaches Association and also be named 'Father of the Year' by Ebony Magazine. That would be followed a year later with a Big East Championship.
In 2003 Coach Jarvis would lead St. John's to the National Invitational Tournament Championship and write his first book "Skills for Life".
Following his experience at St. John's, Mike embarked on a new career as a college basketball analyst with ESPN television and guest writer for Yahoo Sports.com.
In 2005 Coach Jarvis would travel to Kuwait with six Division I coaches and Jay Bilas of ESPN to conduct a basketball tournament named "Operation Hardwood" in support of our troops.
In 2007 Coach Jarvis led the Athletes In Action team representing the United States to the Gold medal in the Jones Cup in Taipei Taiwan.
In 2008 Mike returned to the sidelines as the head men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University. In his third year he led the Owls to their first ever Sun Belt Championship and an their first ever invitation to the National Invitational Tournament. Those feats earned him 'Coach of the Year' honors from the Conference and NAB, District 24. During the 2013-14 season Coach Mike Jarvis once again made history by becoming the winningest basketball coach in FLASH history.
Coach Jarvis now owns a place in 4 Hall of Fames: Cambridge High School, Massachusetts Coaches, New England Coaches Association and the George Washington University Hall of Fame and a lifetime head coaching record of 648-351.
Mike's life after coaching has him working as a college basketball analyst for Fox Sports and as a professional speaker traveling across America sharing his stories and Leadership principles that can be found in his second book, "Everybody Needs a Head Coach".
Today Coach Jarvis and his wife Connie own and operate Team Jarvis, LLC, and reside in Boynton Beach, Florida.