Pilipovich leads an Air Force timeout in 2016.
January 28, 1964 |
|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.)|
|2007–2012||Air Force (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
As an assistant coach
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. In total, Pilipovich has spent 26 years as an assistant coach.
Prior to becoming head coach, Pilipovich spent five years as an assistant with the Falcons. 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. 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. 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.
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. Pilipovich is also of Serbian descent.
Head coaching record
|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|
|Air Force:||71–94 (.430)||31–65 (.323)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- 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).
- "Pilipovich headed in right direction" (PDF). Srbobran. March 6, 2013. p. 13.