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Air Force Names Two Assistant Basketball Coaches

USAFA, Colo. -- Air Force men’s basketball coach Jeff Reynolds announced today that Rob Pryor and Dave Pilipovich will join his coaching staff as assistant coaches. Pryor, who was an assistant coach at the Academy in 2005-06, spent last season in the same capacity at Siena College, while Pilipovich was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for the past two seasons. Both coaches will join the Falcon program immediately.

Pryor, 32, returns to the Air Force staff after helping Siena to a 20-12 record and an appearance in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. He served under head coach Fran McCaffery, who was named the MAAC Coach of the Year.

Pryor, who also coached AFA’s junior varsity team in ’05-06, was instrumental in AFA’s return to the NCAA Tournament that season. He helped Air Force post a 24-7 record, the second-most wins in one season in program history. The Falcons led the nation in scoring defense and finished fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage at 40.4 percent. Air Force was in the top 20 in the nation in six other statistical categories as well.

Before joining the Academy staff, Pryor spent the previous three years coaching basketball at the USAFA Preparatory School. From 2002-04, he was a volunteer assistant coach at the Prep School while teaching in the behavioral science department at the Academy. In 2004-05, he was the head coach at the Prep School. Pryor, a 1997 graduate of the Academy, had a very successful run at the USAFA Prep School. During his two seasons as an assistant coach, the team had a combined record of 57-10, including a remarkable 31-3 record in 2003-04. As the head coach in `04-05, the team was 17-17.

After graduating from the Academy with a degree in human behavior, Pryor received a master's degree in education with an emphasis in counseling in 1998 from UCCS, then earned an M.B.A degree at William & Mary while serving as a contracting officer at Langley AFB in Virginia. He spent four years at Langley before returning to the Academy in 2002. He separated from the Air Force in 2006.

Pryor and his wife, Joy, are the proud parents of two sons, Salem, who was born in November of 2005, and Seth, who was born April 10, 2007.

Pilipovich (pronounced pill-ih-POE-vitch) brings 20 years of coaching experience to the Academy. During the 2005-06 season, he served as the administrative assistant to then-Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker, then was an assistant coach during the ’06-07 campaign.

He served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University for five years (2000-05) prior to joining the Michigan staff. Before his stint at EMU, he served four years as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University (1996-2000), two years an assistant coach at Georgia State University (1994-96) and two years as the assistant head coach at Florida Atlantic University (1989-91) before being named associate head coach the following four years (1991-94).

Pilipovich, 43, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at California University (Pa.) for two years (1986-88), before being named as an assistant coach for one season (1988-89).

A 1986 graduate of Theil College in Greenville, Pa., with a business administration degree, Pilipovich earned four varsity basketball letters and served as team captain during his senior season. He earned his masters from California (Pa.) in 1988 in geography and regional planning. He is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and serves on the NABC Assistant Coaches Committee.

Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Kyle, and a daughter, Kelsey.


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