Kocur tallies 13 points and 6 rebounds for the Falcons.
Max Yon scored 20 points to lead Air Force
Saturday at 7 p.m. in Ogden, Utah
Seventh postseason appearance in program history
Wednesday, March 13, Thomas & Mack Center, 12 p.m. (PT)
Photos from Air Force @ San Diego State on March 1, 2017.
Feb. 11, 2017
The Falcons defeat Air Force, on January 11, 2017.
The Falcons fall to Colorado State, on January 7, 2016.
Air Force vs. Utah State March 1, 2016
After taking over the program, Pilipovich won two of his first three games as head coach, including a come-from-behind 58-53 win at Wyoming in his first road game. He then led his team to one of the biggest victories in program history with a 58-56 triumph over 13th-ranked San Diego State at Clune Arena, marking Air Force’s first-ever win over a Top 20 team.
In 2012-13, his first full season as head coach, Pilipovich led the Falcons to an 18-14 overall record, tying the fourth-most wins in one season in program history. He also became the first Air Force 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 regular-season finale victory over No. 12 New Mexico, the highest ranked opponent ever defeated by Air Force. He also coached Air Force to its first-ever postseason road win with a 69-65 victory at Hawai’i in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
In 2013-14, the Falcons posted a 12-18 record and defeated UNLV in Las Vegas for just the second time in program history. Air Force’s 6-12 Mountain West record marked just the ninth time with at least six league wins since joining a conference in 1981 and AFA’s three league wins on the road were the most in one season since 2008.
Pilipovich led the Falcons to a 14-17 record in 2014-15, despite losing senior captain Kamryn Williams to injury at the start of the conference season and leading scorer Max Yon leaving the team for part of the season for personal reasons. The Falcons still managed to finish ninth in the conference with a 6-12 mark. Air Force’s 14 wins overall tie as the 12th most in school history while the six conference wins ties for seventh all-time. The season marked Air Force’s third straight with six or more conference wins which is the longest streak in school history. The Falcons won a conference tournament game, beating New Mexico in the opening round, for just the third time. Air Force also posted one of its biggest conference home wins ever, beating Wyoming by 23 points to record the biggest conference home win since 2007.
Air Force was 14-18 last season. The 14 wins ties as the 12th most in school history. The Falcons won the Air Force Classic with a perfect 4-0 mark.
The Falcons were 12-21 in 2016-17. Air Force beat Wyoming in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament to record the program fourth win in the event overall and second by Pilipovich. Air Force opened the game with a Mountain West record 25-0 run. The Falcons opened the season with a program-best 5-0 record.
Pilipovich’s tenure at the Academy is already one of the most successful. He is one of two coaches in school history to post multiple conference home winning records in a season, accomplishing it in 2013 and last season. He has led the program to more six-win conference seasons, three from 2013-15, than any other coach. Only two others have accomplished two seasons with six or more wins.
In his nearly five seasons as an assistant coach, Pilipovich helped the Falcons earn their first trip to the postseason since 2007 with an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament following the 2010 campaign and snap a 16-game losing streak in conference tournament play in 2009. In his first season at Air Force (2007-08), the Falcons finished fifth in the Mountain West Conference after being picked eighth in the preseason media and coaches poll, the greatest margin between predicted and actual finish in the league that season. He also helped Tim Anderson earn the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award that campaign.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Pilipovich spent two years with the University of Michigan basketball program. In his first season with the Wolverines, he served as the administrative assistant to head coach Tommy Amaker and helped the Wolverines to the two NIT appearances, including an NIT final, then was an assistant coach during the 2006-07 campaign.
Pilipovich has 29 years of coaching experience under his belt. He served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University for five years (2000-05) prior to joining the Michigan staff. Before his stint at EMU, he served four years as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University (1996-2000), two years an assistant coach at Georgia State University (1994-96) and two years as the assistant head coach at Florida Atlantic University (1989-91) before being named associate head coach the following four years (1991-94).
Pilipovich began his coaching career serving as a graduate assistant at California University (Pa.) for two years (1986-88), before being named as an assistant coach for one season.
A 1986 graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., with a degree in business administration, Pilipovich earned four varsity basketball letters and served as team captain during his senior season. He earned his master’s degree from California (Pa.) in 1988 in geography and regional planning. He is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and has served on the NABC Assistant Coaches Committee.
Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Kyle, and a daughter, Kelsey.