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FAU Names Mike Jarvis as Final Head Men’s Basketball Coach Candidate

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 27, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University named veteran coach Mike Jarvis as the final Head Men’s Basketball Coach candidate during a press conference held Tuesday afternoon in the Tom Oxley Athletic Center’s Founders’ Lounge, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.   The FAU Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 28 to vote on the selected candidate's contract.

“I’m happy and excited,” said Jarvis. “I’m blessed to have an opportunity to be doing what I love to do and what God has blessed me to do.”

If approved, Jarvis will join the FAU family after posting a 326-202 career collegiate coaching record while guiding Boston University, George Washington University and St. John’s University to a total of 11 postseason appearances in his 18 years at the helm. His 11 postseason appearances included nine trips to the NCAA tournament where he advanced to the Elite Eight in 1998-99, his first season at St. John’s University.        

“This has been an extensive and productive search process,” said Craig Angelos, FAU’s athletics director. “At the end of the day, I firmly believe that Mike Jarvis is the right man, at the right time, at the right place. He will take FAU basketball to the top of the Sun Belt Conference, as well as bring a whole new level of season ticket holders and fan base. He is the total package.”

Jarvis will inherit a program that has compiled a 46-46 record over the last three seasons.  The Owls are expected to return the team's top three scorers, Carlos Monroe, Paul Graham III and  Carderro Nwoji, as well as 80 percent of the team's offense from 2007-2008 and 69 percent of the team's rebounding efforts. FAU returns seven scholarship players and signed three players during the November signing period. The Owls will begin their third year as a member of the Sun Belt with a quest for their first SBC title.

The Owls also enjoyed $10 million in renovations to their arena, completed just prior to the 2007-08 season. In addition, FAU is scheduled to begin construction on skyboxes, restrooms and additional chair-back seating this summer.  

For a complete Mike Jarvis bio, visit www.fausports.com.

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