Dave Pilipovich

Dave Pilipovich (born January 28, 1964)

Current position: Special assistant to the head coach
Current team: New Mexico Lobos (Head coach: Richard Pitino)
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
Teams coached: Air Force Falcons
Air Force record: 110-151 (.421)
Overall record: 110-151 (.421)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2013)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present New Mexico (special asst)
2021-2022 Austin Spurs (asst)
2020-2021 New Mexico (special asst)
2012-2020 Air Force
2007-2012 Air Force (asst)
2005-2007 Michigan (asst)
2000-2005 Eastern Michigan (asst)
1996-2000 Robert Morris (asst)
1994-1996 Georgia State (asst)
1991-1994 Florida Atlantic (assoc. HC)
1988-1991 Florida Atlantic (asst)
1986-1988 California (PA) (grad. asst)

Dave Pilipovich Facts

  • David Gabe Pilipovich
  • Born January 28, 1964
  • Hometown: Duquesne, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Thiel College (BA, 1986) / California University of Pennsylvania (MA, 1988)
  • After getting a masters degree and serving two years as a graduate assistant at D-II California (PA), Pilipovich started his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant under Lonnie Williams at FAU
    • Stayed on staff when Tim Loomis took over a year later and was promoted to associate head coach in 1991
    • Pilipovich was at FAU for the first six years of the program’s existence while competing in D-II
  • Spent time as an assistant coach under Carter Wilson, Jim Boone, Tommy Amaker and Jeff Reynolds
  • Pilipovich became the interim head coach at Air Force in February 2012 after Reynolds was let go; officially hired in the off-season to stay on as the Falcons head coach
    • Went 110-151 in eight-plus seasons as the Falcons’ head coach
    • Signed a three-year extension in April 2019, but was fired as head coach in March 2020
  • In October 2020, Pilipovich joined the coaching staff at New Mexico in the role of special assistant to head coach Paul Weir
  • Spent one year as an assistant with the Austin Spurs of the NBA G-League before returning to his old position at UNM, working under Lobos’ head coach Richard Pitino
  • Along with his wife, Kelly, has one son and one daughter

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