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Jarvis Carries Teaching Over to AD Position
 By Paul Rosano
Jake Jarvis found his career path through teaching and coaching.
A Rhode Island College graduate, Jarvis landed a job teaching physical education in New Haven, and even- tually became an assistant boys bas- ketball and then girls basketball head coach at the Hyde School from 2000- 2003.
“I enjoyed working with the kids outside of the school day. Really had a lot of fun in coaching. I found it was one of my passions,” Jarvis said.
He said when he was growing up in Rhode Island, he was the oldest of four siblings. He would go out to sports practices and come back and teach his younger brothers skills he had learned.
“It was a natural progression. It helped me understand it better. It was a foreshadowing, the root of where my career was going to go,” he said.
After earning his master’s degree at Southern Connecticut State, Jarvis left coaching to become the Athletic Fa- cilitator at Wilbur Cross High in New Haven overseeing the day-to-day op- erations for the school in a system with one Athletic Director for four schools.
“I decided in being a teacher, I wanted to go into administration, espe- cially athletic administration. I found it to be very enjoyable,” Jarvis said.
In 2008, he left that position as athletic facilitator to become the city’s assistant to the Supervisor of Physical Education Athletics.
Jake Jarvis
This extensive experience in New Haven helped him land the Athletic Di- rector’s job at Guilford High in 2011, where he is today.
He finds the position extremely re- warding.
“The best thing about being an athletic director is the successes of the kids,” Jarvis said. “You get to see a kid come in as a freshman and hopefully they mature, they grow, and you see them as seniors being at a high level. It’s really special when they succeed.
“I’ve seen a lot of state champion- ships, runners-up, all those different lev- els, of kids being on a beginning team and making it into something and try- ing to leave their legacy. As a teacher it’s the same thing, you want to have your kids learn and grow.”
In the AD’s position, Jarvis said it’s similar working with young coaches as
it is working with student-athletes as a coach.
“As an AD, you have the same perspective as coaching. You’re work- ing with (the coaches) to get better, to grow, get different ideas and they’re teaching you as much as you’re teach- ing them.
“You get to see the kids grow and mature, but you also get to see the coaches become better. Sometimes you hire some really, young green coaches and they become great vet- eran coaches. They work for you for many, many years and you get to see their growth. I can’t tell you in the nine years at Guilford how many coaches of the year that I’ve had. They go on to the Coaches Association. I’m so proud of them of what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished. They’ve done a great job working every day with the kids, working hard. You’re kind of be- hind the scenes focusing them, pushing them in the right direction.”
With more than 30 varsity sports and 1,100 students at Guilford, Jarvis said they have 660 kids playing sports at the school throughout the whole year. In addition, Guilford has lot of sports many other schools don’t have such as fencing, girls ice hockey, crew, skiing. It’s a big job.
“I’m lucky to have a lot of people helping me,” Jarvis said. “It’s tough, the schedule, to make sure your schedules are correct, to make sure your officials are lined up. It’s a whole process and you have to be very organized. Some-
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