Dave Pilipovich

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Dave Pilipovich
Dave Pilipovich in 2016.jpg
Pilipovich leads an Air Force timeout in 2016.
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Air Force
Conference MW
Record 83–113 (.423)
Biographical details
Born (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 54)
Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1982–1986 Thiel
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1988 California (PA) (grad. asst.)
1988–1991 Florida Atlantic (asst.)
1991–1994 Florida Atlantic (associate HC)
1994–1996 Georgia State (asst.)
1996–2000 Robert Morris (PA) (asst.)
2000–2005 Eastern Michigan (asst.)
2005–2007 Michigan (asst.)
2007–2012 Air Force (asst.)
2012–present Air Force
Head coaching record
Overall 83–113 (.423)
Tournaments 1–1 (CIT)

David Gabe Pilipovich (born January 28, 1964) is an American college basketball coach and current head coach of the Air Force Academy Falcons men's basketball team.

Coaching career[edit]

As an assistant coach[edit]

Pilipovich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at California University (Pa.) before being named an assistant coach in 1988. He subsequently served as an assistant or associate head coach at Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University, Robert Morris University and Eastern Michigan University.[1] In total, Pilipovich has spent 26 years as an assistant coach.

From 2005 to 2007, Pilipovich was an assistant coach under Tommy Amaker at Michigan.[2]

Air Force[edit]

Prior to becoming head coach, Pilipovich spent five years as an assistant with the Falcons.[3] Following the 2009-10 season, the Falcons appeared in the post-season collegeinsider.com tournament. This was the Falcons first post-season tournament since 2007.

Pilipovich became the head coach at Air Force in February 2012 after Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties. In his first year as head coach, he led the Falcons to a 58-56 victory over then 13th-ranked San Diego State, marking Air Force's first-ever win against a Top 20 team and just its second win over a ranked opponent.[1][3] Pilipovich won two of his first three games as Air Force’s head coach.

In the 2012-13 season, the Pilipovich led the Falcons won the fourth-most wins in one season in program history, appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and achieved the first post-season road win in school history with a 69-65 victory at Hawai'i.[4][5] Pilipovich also became the first AFA 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 the twelfth ranked New Mexico.[1]


Pilipovich is married to Kelly and has two children, Kyle and Kelsey. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Thiel College and a Master’s in geography and regional planning from California University of Pennsylvania.[1] Pilipovich is also of Serbian descent.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Air Force Falcons (Mountain West Conference) (2012–present)
2011–12[n 1] Air Force 2–6 2–6 7th
2012–13 Air Force 18–14 8–8 6th CIT Second Round
2013–14 Air Force 12–18 6–12 10th
2014–15 Air Force 14–17 6–12 9th
2015–16 Air Force 14–18 5–13 10th
2016–17 Air Force 11–21 4–14 T–10th
2017–18 Air Force 12–19 6–12 9th
Air Force: 83–113 (.423) 37–77 (.325)
Total: 83–113 (.423)


  1. ^ Pilipovich took over as interim head coach on February 8, 2012 after head coach Jeff Reynolds was fired. Their cumulative record for the 2011–12 season is 13–16 (3–11 MW).