Dave Pilipovich

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Dave Pilipovich
Dave Pilipovich Air Force MBK coach.jpg
Air Force Falcons
Position Head coach
League Mountain West Conference
Personal information
Born (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 51)
Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Career information
High school Duquesne (Duquesne, Pennsylvania)
College Thiel (1982–1986)
Coaching career 1986–present
Career history
As coach:
1986–1988 California (PA) (NCAA II) (graduate asst.)
1988–1991 Florida Atlantic (NCAA II) (asst.)
1991–1994 Florida Atlantic (NCAA II/I) (associate HC)
1994–1996 Georgia State (NCAA I) (asst.)
1996–2000 Robert Morris (PA) (NCAA I) (asst.)
2000–2005 Eastern Michigan (NCAA I) (asst.)
2005–2007 Michigan (NCAA I) (asst.)
2007–2012 Air Force (NCAA I) (asst.)
2012–present Air Force

David Gabe "Dave" 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]

Early years[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.

University of Michigan[edit]

Prior to joining Air Force, Pilipovich spent two years under Tommy Amaker with the University of Michigan's basketball program.[2]

Air Force Academy[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, Pilipovich 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] Pilipovichwon 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) (2012–present)
2011–12[n 1] Air Force 2–6 2–6 7th
2012–13 Air Force 18–14 8–8 6th CIT 2nd round
2013–14 Air Force 12–18 6–12 10th
2014–15 Air Force 14–17 6–12 9th
Air Force: 46–55 (.455) 22–38
Total: 46–39 (.455)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Pilipovich took over as interim head coach on February 8, 2012 after head coach Jeff Reynolds was fired.