Air Force not bringing back basketball coach Dave Pilipovich

NCAA

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)The Air Force Academy will not bring back men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich.

The Falcons went 110-151 since Pilipovich took over midway through the 2011-12 season. Air Force has gone through seven straight losing seasons, including a 12-20 mark this season. The team bowed out of the Mountain West Conference tournament last Thursday with a 73-60 loss to No. 6 San Diego State.

Director of athletics Nathan Pine said Monday the school will immediately begin a national search for a new head coach.

Pilipovich spent 13 seasons at the Air Force Academy.

”The bottom line is we have to be more competitive on the court,” Pine said in a statement. ”We entered this season with a senior-laden and talented team with high expectations, unfortunately we did not meet our goals as a program this year. It’s clear to me that a change in leadership is necessary at this time for us to move the program forward.”

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