Air Force didn’t feel the need to wait until the men’s basketball season was done, as it decided to remove the interim tag off Dave Pilipovich’s job title and make him the permanent head coach.
The move to hire Pilipovich as the full-time coach was confirmed by multiple sources who did not want their names used because Air Force had not officially announced it. The school is negotiating a multi-year deal with Pilipovich.
Pilipovich, who is in his 26th year coaching basketball, took over as the interim coach on Feb. 8 when Jeff Reynolds was fired. It was his first head coaching job, and he had a 2-4 record going into the Colorado State game. One of those wins was on Feb, 18 against 13th-ranked San Diego State. That was the Falcons’ first win against a top 20 team in program history.
The players have repeatedly supported Pilipovich and the staff, hoping they would be retained.
“I love this coaching staff,” senior guard Shawn Hempsey said this week. “Since the change they’ve done the best job they can. I have full support of them and I hope they get a full season. They way they’ve handled the younger players and this whole situation is amazing.”