Oscar W. (Bill) Jarvis, Ashland College Class of 1970 and the school's first full-time equipment manager, will be inducted into the Athletic Equipment Managers Association Hall of Fame in June.
Jarvis was AC's equipment manager from 1970-76, then went on to work in the same capacity for Northwestern University for 3½ decades (1976-2011). Following a car accident as a kid, Jarvis wasn't allowed to play sports. That didn't stop him from wanting to be involved, leading to his four-plus-decade career.
"I came here like a lot of kids, needing money," Jarvis said. "I met coach (Fred) Martinelli and coach (Bill) Musselman, and I came in as a football/basketball manager to make extra money. I found something that I really enjoyed, and they had no full-time equipment manager."
During his time at Northwestern, Jarvis developed an internship program for athletic equipment managers. Those interns have gone on to careers at Syracuse, Maryland, Wisconsin, North Carolina State and Jackson State, as well as professionally with the Chicago Bears and Chicago Fire.
"To watch their careers…has been a great thing," he said.
Jarvis' induction into the AEMA Hall of Fame will be June 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Ind. He is being inducted into the Hall of Fame of an organization he helped found in the early 1970s.
"To be a part of the start of the organization 40 years ago, and see it from the ground up, and be the last active (original) member of it is tremendous," said Jarvis. "It is selected on by peers."
This is Jarvis' fourth Hall of Fame induction, the first coming in 2000 in the Ashland University Sports Hall of Fame. He also has been inducted into the All-American Football Foundation Hall of Fame (2002) and the Clear Fork High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2008).
In 2013, Jarvis also received the AU Athletics Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Growing up in a small town of a 1,000 people, what I've been able to do – on advisory boards for companies, helping make equipment safer – that's been a big part of it," Jarvis said. "Travel, being able to go different places, and the people I've met has been tremendous.
"I've been lucky enough to have a great career. My values and work ethic I learned when I was here, the values Dr. Martinelli instilled, I really appreciate that very much."
A 1966 graduate of nearby Clear Fork, Jarvis resides in Ashland.