U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh announced today that Air Force men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich has agreed to a new five-year contract.
“I have seen enough of Dave Pilipovich as an assistant coach and a head coach to know the values he has,” said Mueh. “He is exactly the right guy to lead this program and I am excited about the future.”
Pilipovich has served as head coach since Feb. 8, 2012 when Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties. The eighth head coach in program history, Pilipovich was named the permanent head coach on March 3, 2012 and will enter the 2013-14 campaign with a 20-20 career record.
After taking over the program, Pilipovich won two of his first three games as head coach, including a come from behind 58-53 win at Wyoming in his first road game. He then led the Falcons to their first-ever win over a Top 20 team with a 58-56 triumph over 13th-ranked San Diego State at Clune Arena
“I am very grateful to Dr. Mueh for the support and confidence he is showing the basketball program with this extension,” Pilipovich said. “It has been an exciting last two years here at Air Force and I know we are all prepared to continue the excellent progress we have shown on and off the court.”
In 2012-13, his first full season as head coach, Pilipovich led the Falcons to an 18-14 overall record, tying the fourth-most wins in one season in program history. He also became the first Air Force head coach to beat two ranked teams in the same season and owns three of AFA’s four wins against ranked opponents, including an 89-88 win over #12 New Mexico, the highest ranked opponent ever defeated by Air Force. He also coached Air Force to its first-ever postseason road win with a 69-65 victory at Hawai’i in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Pilipovich, 49, led senior Michael Lyons to the Mountain West scoring title and helped Lyons become the sixth player in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors.
In his nearly five seasons as an assistant coach at AFA, Pilipovich helped Air Force earn its first trip to the postseason since 2007 with an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament following the 2010 campaign. In his first season at Air Force (2007-08), the Falcons finished fifth in the Mountain West Conference after being picked eighth in the preseason media and coaches poll, the greatest margin between predicted and actual finish in the league that season. He also helped Tim Anderson earn the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award that campaign.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Pilipovich spent two years on the basketball staff under Tommy Amaker at the University of Michigan. He has also served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, Robert Morris, Georgia State, Florida Atlantic and California University (Pa.).
A 1986 graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., Pilipovich earned four varsity basketball letters and served as team captain during his senior season. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Kyle and Kelsey.