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Colorado State coach Miles thinks Pilipovich should be Air Force’s permanent pick

Published: February 27, 2012, 6:30 pm, by admin

Since Dave Pilipovich took over as Air Force’s interim coach following the firing of Jeff Reynolds, he has made a good impression towards earning the job on a permanent basis. In response to a question about Pilipovich’s son Kyle being on Colorado State’s support staff, Rams coach Tim Miles offered unsolicited support for Pilipovich becoming the Falcons’ full-time coach.

“I hope Coach Pilipovich gets the interim tag removed,” Miles said. “I think he’s outstanding. I think he has a great way about him, and I think kids respond. Although it’s always tough to see a colleague like Jeff lose his job, Dave would be a great replacement, I think.”

Pilipovich has gone 2-3 as head coach, with an impressive win against San Diego State. The players, who have supported Pilipovich for the full-time job, have played pretty well over the second half of the conference season.

“All of coaching, and really teaching, is how you get a response,” Miles said “Can you get the student-athlete to respond the way you need him to, to be successful? What I’ve seen is they’ve responded. They’ve played harder, they’ve played better, than they were previously. I think that says a lot about Coach.”