Jim Jarvis

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Jim Jarvis
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1943-03-03) March 3, 1943 (age 75)
Caldwell, Idaho[1]
Playing career
1962–1965 Oregon State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974 Spokane Falls CC
1974–1978 Idaho
Head coaching record
Overall 26–78 (.250) – Idaho
Accomplishments and honors

James C. Jarvis (born March 3, 1943) is a former American basketball player and coach.

Early years

Born in Caldwell, Idaho, Jarvis' parents were Curtis E. and Margaret Helen (Mumford) Jarvis. His father was a high school basketball head coach, first at Caldwell High. In the early 1950s, the family moved from Caldwell to Coquille, Oregon, where Curt coached at Coquille High School. He later moved to Roseburg High School when Jim was a high school sophomore.[2]

A point guard, Jarvis played collegiately at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he helped the Beavers win the NCAA West Regional championship in 1963 and earn their first Final Four appearance. Jarvis was an All-American as a senior in 1965[1] and also played baseball for the Beavers,[3] and had a brief career as an infielder in the minor leagues in 1966.[4] He was later the golf coach at Oregon State for a season in 1971.[5]

Pro career

Jarvis was selected by the San Francisco Warriors of the National Basketball Association in the sixth round (45th overall) of the 1965 NBA draft, but was cut by the team. Jarvis never played in the NBA, but did spend three seasons in the ABA as a member of the Pittsburgh Pipers, Minnesota Pipers, and Los Angeles Stars. He was a member of the 1967–68 Pittsburgh Pipers team that won the 1968 ABA Championship.


In 1971, Jarvis was hired as the head basketball coach at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane. After three seasons, he was hired by the University of Idaho in Moscow in March 1974, following the resignation of eight-year head coach Wayne Anderson after the elimination of full-time assistant coaches. The Vandals had finished no higher than sixth place in the Big Sky for the three previous seasons.[6] After four seasons with last place finishes in the conference, Jarvis resigned in June 1978 under recurring allegations[7][8] of illegal recruiting.[9][10][11] The program had been placed on probation for one year in January, resulting in a reprimand for Jarvis and his assistant coach by the university.[8][12][13]

Jarvis was succeeded in August by Idaho alumnus Don Monson,[10] who had significantly greater success, taking the Vandals to a conference title in 1981 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1982.

After coaching at Idaho, Jarvis returned to Oregon and worked in real estate in Bend.[2][14]

Career coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Idaho Vandals (Big Sky) (1974–1978)
1974–75 Idaho 10–16 4–10 8th
1975–76 Idaho 7–19 3–11 8th
1976–77 Idaho 5–21 3–11 8th
1977–78 Idaho 4–22 1–13 8th
Idaho: 26–78 (.250) 11–45 (.196)
Total: 26–78


  1. ^ a b Drosendahl, Glenn (March 30, 1974). "For Jarvis, recruiting means contacts". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b Afuso, Wayne (January 15, 1982). "A change in roles". (Bend) Bulletin. p. D-1.
  3. ^ "Jim Jarvis getting a hit". Oregon Digital. photo. 1964. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Harvey, Paul III (July 29, 1966). "Emeralds fall back as Braves win 2nd". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1D.
  5. ^ "Beavers get new course". Eugene Register-Guard. October 3, 1970. p. 1B.
  6. ^ "Idaho picks Spokane Falls' Jarvis for basketball job". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. March 29, 1974. p. 17.
  7. ^ Missildine, Harry (January 24, 1978). "Idaho will stand by Jarvis". Spokesman-Review. p. 15.
  8. ^ a b Drosendahl, Glenn (January 28, 1978). "Penalties harsher than necessary – Belknap". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B.
  9. ^ Payne, Bob (June 28, 1978). "Jim Jarvis resigns as new probe looms". Spokesman-Review. p. 20.
  10. ^ a b "Monson named UI basketball coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. August 23, 1978. p. 1B.
  11. ^ "Vandals avoid further penalties". Lewiston Morning Tribune. November 11, 1978. p. 2B.
  12. ^ "Vandals dealt one-year rap". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. January 27, 1978. p. 26.
  13. ^ Drosendahl, Glenn (January 27, 1978). "Idaho basketball on NCAA probation". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B.
  14. ^ Van Sickel, Charlie (January 3, 1980). "Murphy's Law prevails". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 28.

External links

  • Jim Jarvis at Basketball-Reference.com – as a player
  • Sports-Reference.com – Jim Jarvis – coaching record
  • Baseball-Reference – Jim Jarvis
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame – Jim Jarvis
  • Oregon State University Athletics Hall of Fame – Jim Jarvis
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