Impressive new staff added by Director of Track and Field Mike Maynard.
Rob Jarvis enters his third season with the Bruin men as a volunteer coach specializing in the jumps and decathlon. Jarvis came to UCLA after having served as an assistant coach for the sprints, hurdles, relays and combined-events at Azusa Pacific University for five years.
In an impressive 2012 season, Jarvis helped lead the decathletes to success at the Pac-12 Championships where the Bruins had three out of four decathletes score, including Marcus Nilsson (2nd), Dominic Giovannoni (5th) and Dave Thomas (6th). Nilsson won the MPSF heptathlon competition which qualified him for the NCAA indoors where he placed eleventh and was a second-team All-American. He set a sophomore class record in the decathlon finishing in sixth place (7823) which now ranks him sixth all-time at UCLA and earned him first-team All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Nilsson also qualified for the 2012 European Championships where he competed for his native Sweden. As jumps coach, Jarvis worked with Dillon Stucky and Taylor Hobson, who both earned all-MPSF honors in the triple jump (5th) and long jump (5th), respectively, to qualify for the NCAA West Regionals. Stucky saw the biggest improvement of the season with more than a four foot increase in the triple jump, improviing hispersonal best to 15.47m/50-9 indoors and 50-1 outdoors.Jarvis also coached UCLA alum Jonathan Clark to a new life-time best of 54-1.50/16.50m in the triple jump, which earned him a trip to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
During the 2011 season, the decathletes thrived under his guidance as all four (Marcus Nilsson, Dominic Giovannoni, David Thomas and Trent Perez) finished in the top 10 at Pac-10s with Perez placing third with a lifetime-best score of 7315 points. That score also moved him into UCLA's all-time top 10 at the No. 8 spot. The jumps group also did well as Jonathan Clark competed at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championship meets, earning 2nd Team All-American honors at both meets. Clark jumped a lifetime-best of 53-0.75/16.17m outdoors and 52-9/16.08m indoors in the triple jump. Taylor Hobson, Nelson Rosario, and Dillon Stucky all qualified for the NCAA West Regional meet. Hobson qualified in both long jump and high jump, Rosario in long jump, and Stucky in triple jump. Stucky improved his lifetime best triple jump to 48-10.5/14.90m.
While at APU, Jarvis helped coach the team to a combined eight NAIA National Championship titles (six men, two women) and seven GSAC conference titles. He also contributed to the development of seven individual NAIA National Champions, 49 NAIA All-Americans, 10 NAIA All-American relays, three USA Junior National Championship qualifiers, and one USA Outdoor National Championship qualifier.
Jarvis assisted the coaching staff of fellow APU alum, Olympic and World Champion Decathlete Bryan Clay with meet preparation and training, as well as traveled with Clay to numerous meets including the USA Olympic Trials and IAAF World Championships. He also owns RFTL Timing, which provides fully automatic timing and meet management services for collegiate and high school level track meets.
Jarvis competed for Azusa Pacific where he served as a team captain and helped the team to two NAIA national team titles and three GSAC conference crowns. While at APU he was a member of an NAIA National Champion 4x400 Relay team and earned four NAIA All-American honors. He is recognized on APU's All-Time Top 10 List for the 400m, 4x100, and 4x400.
Jarvis received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific in 2006. He also holds the following certifications: USATF Coaching Education Level III (sprints/hurdles), Level II (sprints/hurdles/relays), and Level I; IAAF Coaching Academy Level V (sprints/hurdles); and USTFCCCA Jumping Event Specialist.
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