Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich gets 5-year contract

by Dan Wolken

Air Force has completed a new five-year contract with basketball coach Dave Pilipovich, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person, who requested anonymity, was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Pilipovich led Air Force to a surprisingly successful season in 2012-13, finishing 18-14 overall and 8-8 in the Mountain West Conference, including home victories over New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State, all of whom made the NCAA tournament.

Pilipovich became the head coach in February 2012, taking over for Jeff Reynolds, who was fired after the Falcons struggled to a 1-6 conference record. Air Force was more competitive toward the end of the season, convincing the school's administration to give Pilipovich the job on a permanent basis. The Falcons' improvement from 3-11 in the Mountain West to 8-8 in and a berth in the CollegeInsider.comTournament in Pilipovich's first full season earned him a new contract. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Pilipovich spent 26 years as a college assistant before getting a chance as a Division I head coach.

Jack Benoit