Air Force’s 2019-20 campaign ended last Thursday with a 73-60 loss to San Diego State in the Mountain West Tournament. The Falcons finished the year with a disappointing 12-20 record under eighth-year head coach Dave Pilipovich. Now, it appears the school is ready to move on.
On Monday, the Air Force men’s basketball program announced that it was parting ways with Pilipovich. The move ends a coaching term that began when he was promoted from assistant to head coach in February 2012 following the dismissal of Jeff Reynolds. He had just received a contract extension last year.
In just over eight years at Air Force, Pilipovich went 110-151 as a head coach with 50-100 record in the Mountain West. He had just one winning season, which saw Air Force make it to the second round of the CIT. But the Falcons never made it to the NCAA Tournament with Pilipovich at the helm.
The Air Force statement highlighted the fact that Pilipovich had the Falcons endure seven straight losing seasons.
Pilipovich was an assistant at Air Force for five years before being promoted to head coach in 2012.
Air Force parts ways with men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich https://t.co/LYi8SKq6Oi
— Air Force Men's Basketball (@AF_MBB) March 9, 2020
Prior to his time at Air Force, Pilipovich was an assistant at Michigan for two years under Tommy Amaker.
With Pilipovich’s firing, it looks like we could see the NCAA coaching carousel get moving soon.
Thus far, no Power Five teams have let go of their coaches. But that could change as teams get knocked out of their conference tournaments.
Where will Dave Pilipovich end up next?