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Air Force’s Pilipovich enjoys his job

Published: July 5, 2013, 7:53 am, by David Ramsey

Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich has a knack for enjoying his job. This is less common than you might think. Coaches have a tendency to find ways to stress about everything. No matter how wonderful the situation, they’re scowling and worrying.

Pilipovich was talking this week about the Falcons convincing home victory over UNLV. The win might have been the highlight of the program’s revival season.

At one point in the game, with the Falcons leading by more than 20 and victory all but assured, Pilipovich turned to Air Force radio play-by-play man Jim Arthur, who was sitting right by the Air Force bench.

“Can you believe this?” Pilipovich asked Arthur, laughing. “Can you believe we’re up by 20 over UNLV?”